Grade: Grade 10
Course Title: Introduction to Business
Course code: BBI2O
Course type: optional course
Credit value: 1.0
Pilot course: None
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, 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.
Unit Titles and Descriptions
The Basics of Business
In this unit, students will explore how the needs of individuals can inspire someone to start a business to meet those needs. Students will also investigate the difference between small businesses and large companies, including how they are organized and how ownership differs among companies. In addition, they will explore how trade between Canada and international countries affects business operations and leads to challenges that must be overcome
The Parts of a Business
In this unit, students will learn about the different parts that make up a successful business. They will explore the roles each part plays, how they work together, and what challenges they face when it comes to conducting business. Students will also explore how different approaches to working with employees can affect productivity and profit, and how that can affect a business's success. All of these pieces need to fit together and function well to create the best product or service possible.
Employer and Employee Relations
In this unit, students will learn how businesses attract employees to their company and provide a work environment where people feel safe, supported, and happy. They will explore government implemented human rights requirements for businesses and learn how owners run ethical businesses that inspire ethical work practices. Finally, students will learn that safe work environments with happy well-trained employees are more productive
The Financial Side of Business
In this unit, students will explore the different sources of financial assistance available to business owners and individuals, as well as ways to calculate potential expenses and track the flow of money. They will also explore options for businesses to save, invest, and protect their money
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
In this unit, students will explore some of the inventions and innovative ideas that have come from individuals around Canada. They will also investigate the similarities and differences in the personalities and character traits of successful entrepreneurs. This investigation will help them reflect on your own strengths as a future business person.
This is a proctored exam worth 30% of your final grade.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
A. Business Fundamentals
demonstrate an understanding of how businesses respond to needs, wants, supply, and demand
compare types of businesses
demonstrate an understanding of ethics and social responsibility in business
B. Functions of a Business
explain the role of production in business
explain the role of human resources in business
demonstrate an understanding of sound management practices in business
demonstrate an understanding of the importance and role of marketing in busines
demonstrate an understanding of the importance and role of accounting in business
demonstrate an understanding of income and spending issues facing individuals and businesses
demonstrate an understanding of how banks and other financial institutions operate
demonstrate an understanding of effective investment practices
analyse the role and importance of credit in personal and business finance
describe characteristics and skills associated with successful entrepreneurs and demonstrate an understanding of the contributions to Canadian business of selected entrepreneurs
analyse the importance of invention and innovation in entrepreneurship
Teaching and Learning Strategies:
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundational knowledge to be successful in business studies. To ensure that the purpose is met, a wide variety of instructional strategies are used to provide learning opportunities that accommodate a variety of learning styles, interests, and ability levels. The following strategies are used throughout the course to teach and learn the concepts presented:
Communicating: Through the use of discussions, this course offers students the opportunity to share their understanding both in oral as well as written form. This also gives them the opportunity to broaden their understanding as they read and comment on the posts of others.
Independent Learning: This course provides students with opportunities to research aspects of business independently, with direction and guiding questions provided within the course.
Reflecting and Connecting: Assignments and discussions throughout the course will prompt students to reflect on concepts presented and how they connect to businesses and/or products that they encounter in their everyday lives.
Self-Assessment: Through the use of interactive activities (e.g. multiple choice quizzes) students receive instantaneous feedback and are able to self-assess their understanding of concepts.