Business Communications

Pigeon Forge High School

2016 - 2017

Course Description

Business Communications is a course designed to develop students’ effective oral and electronic business communications skills. This course develops skills in multiple methods of communications, including social media, as well as electronic publishing, design, layout, composition, and video conferencing. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to demonstrate successful Approved April 10, 2015 Page 2 styles and methods for professional business communications using the proper tools to deliver effective publications and presentations. Standards in this course are aligned with the Tennessee State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in Technical Subjects.*

Course Objectives

The students will:

        Evaluate the impact and applications of computers in society.

        Research and apply knowledge of ethical and legal issues within the industry.

        Research and apply typography, layout, design, and completion concepts and guidelines

 for preparation of documents.

Accurately create a variety of word processing documents.

Create and design spreadsheets to produce and manipulate data.

Design a multimedia presentation.

Examine network, hardware, software, and programming applications.

Develop and demonstrate human relations, self-management, organizational and

professional leadership skills.

Course Standards

State standards for teaching and learning in this course and others are available at

Course Materials/Text(s)

Required Supplies

The following are required for this course: paper and pencil

Course Requirements

Students are to be in their seats and working when the tardy bell sounds. Assigned work should be saved and turned in daily at the end of class. Students should take proper care of the equipment. Any deliberate misuse of the equipment will result in disciplinary action. Students should obey classroom and school rules at all times.

Major Projects/Field Trips


Grading Procedures

Means of student evaluation are in compliance with county policy and include the following: daily classwork grades, class participation grades, and formal assessments.

Formal Evaluations (i.e. announced tests) will count towards one-third of the grade.

Informal Evaluations (i.e. daily classwork and quizzes) will count towards two-thirds of the grade.

Grading Policies

Grades will be based on a variety of assignments which includes but is not limited to:  daily assignments, article reviews, participation assignments, vocabulary, step-by-step assignments, lesson tests, unit review, unit test, projects, and activities.

Daily assignments and projects will prepare you for taking the lesson tests and unit tests.

Tests will be given after a few lessons are covered.  These tests may be in written format (M/C, matching, fill-in-the-blank, T-F, short answer, essay) or may be performance-based (application).  Therefore, these tests will be cumulative and will cover all objectives within the competency.

Progress reports are distributed at the three week point of each six weeks grading period.

Each assignment will be graded on a 100% scale and assignments will be weighted as follows during each six weeks grading period:

Six weeks calculation: Tests = one-third;   All other graded items = two-thirds

Your grade will be calculated as follows at the end of the semester:

Semester calculation:

1st 6 weeks grade, 2nd 6 weeks grade, and 3rd 6 weeks grade


End of Course Exam


Grading Scale:


93 – 100


85 – 92


77 – 84


70 – 76


69 – Below



Make-up Work

It is extremely important that you be here every day.  A limited amount of in-class make-up days will be given.  If a student cannot make-up the work in-class then the student is required to come before or stay after school to make up any missing work.

Parental Access to Instructional Materials

Pursuant to Tennessee Code 49-6-7003, parents or guardians may request access to any teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom as well as any tests developed or graded by the teacher.  In order to facilitate this request, parents/guardians are asked to submit a request for such review via letter, email, or phone conversation prior to an established meeting for said review.