Information and Communication Technology in Business (BTT1O/BTT2O)

Course Overview

Course Title: Information and Communication Technology in Business, Grade 9 or 10
Course Code: BTT1O/BTT2O
Grade: 9 or 10
Course Type: Open
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: None required
Department: Business Studies
Tuition Fee (CAD): $529

This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.

Overall Curriculum Expectations

By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:

Digital Literacy
  • demonstrate an understanding of the terminology associated with information and communication technology;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the computer workstation environment;
  • manage electronic files and folders;
  • analyse options for accessing the Internet;
  • apply effective techniques when conducting electronic research

Productivity Software
  • use word processing software to create common business documents;
  • use spreadsheet software to perform a variety of tasks;
  • manage information, using database software

Design Software
  • use presentation software to create and deliver effective presentations;
  • use desktop publishing software to create publications;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the uses and design of effective websites, and develop their own web pages
Business Communications
  • demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of effective business documents and communications;
  • use appropriate technology to facilitate effective communication;
  • maintain a portfolio of exemplary work that illustrates their skills in information and
  • communication technology, including the ability to create effective business


Ethics and Issues in Information and Communication Technology
  • demonstrate an understanding of legal, social, and ethical issues relating to information and communication technology;
  • analyse privacy and security issues relating to information and communication technology;
  • assess the impact of information and communication technology on personal health and the environment

Unit Overview

Unit 1: Getting Started
Just as a worker needs to know his tools, it is critical for citizens of the 21st century to be comfortable with a computer workstation and the digital environment. In this activity, you will learn to recognize and understand the components of a computer, the elements of the user interface, and the function of the operating system.
15 hours
Unit 2: Publishing
This unit focuses on managing and organizing your files on your computer. You will learn techniques for creating and using folders within your “My Documents” area, or your home area. Saving and renaming of files, moving, copying, selecting and deleting files there will be covered.

You will learn about designing desktop publishing documents with Microsoft Publisher, from built-in templates to designing your own, original, publications. You will learn about font and styles, design, inserting graphics, and creating documents such as home business cards and flyers.
20 hours
Unit 3: Publishing
This unit focuses on an introduction to spreadsheets and databases. In learning about spreadsheets, you will explore terminology, cell addresses, data entry, formatting cells, functions and graphing. Database work includes organization, searching, sorting and using filters (querying the database).
25 hours
Unit 4: Presentations
This unit focuses on computer presentations. You will learn how to create a slide show presentation from a built-in template and how to insert graphics and text and set the slide transitions. You will learn the principles and guidelines for making effective presentations. You will see how to add sounds and narration to your slide show.

You will learn techniques for effectively searching the Internet. You will evaluate web sites for their usefulness, correctness, bias and currency. You will learn to write proper citations for online resources.
20 hours
Unit 5: The Internet
This unit focuses on the Internet as a tool extending the functionality of your home computer. You will discover the differences between good websites and bad ones, and then learn how to effectively create your own. The Internet is a tool with many flaws: in the second half of this unit, you will learn about some of the many potential dangers of web, including privacy and safety issues, spyware and viruses. You will explore several ways of protecting yourself and your computer from online threats.
20 hours
Unit 6: Culminating Activity
This unit is the culminating challenge for applying knowledge and skills in ways that display the student’s creativity and reflection on the course material. You will create a brief survey on an ethical issue related to information and communication technology. The remaining activities will allow you to tabulate the results, process the data, and then present the information in a meaningful way through web design and presentation software. This unit will give you a chance to express your creativity while demonstrating the mastery of course expectations.
10 hours
Total Hours110 hours
Teaching and Learning Strategies

Enthusiastic teachers and instructors bring unique teaching and assessment methods to the classroom because students learn best when they are engaged in a range of different learning techniques. The activities allow students to apply learned concepts to current world social, economic, and environmental issues which impact daily life. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Instructors also inspire students to become successful problem solvers by investigating, providing alternative reasoning and solutions to problems as well as dedicating time and energy to the tasks at hand.

Effective instructional techniques utilize students’ existing knowledge and by capturing their interest and engaging in meaningful participation. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the correlation between the learned concepts and their ability to apply them to the world around them and in real-life situations. Students will have the chance to learn using a wide range of methods which include self-learning, cooperative learning as well as learning through teacher guidance as well has hands-on experiences. The methods and strategies teachers implement will be tailored to the learning requirements and the individual needs of the students. Teachers will achieve effective instruction in an online environment by using videos, interactive animations and virtual labs and discussion forums and video conferencing/live chat.

Individualized Accommodations for Students

Our methodology for student assessment follows the Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010) manual published by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Assessment is the process of gathering information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a subject or course. Assessment tools are designed to improve student learning which includes descriptive feedback, coaching, observations and self-assessments. In addition, student can be independent and set individual goals, monitor progress against these goals, determine next steps and reflect on their thinking and learning.

For a student with special education needs who requires modified or alternative expectations, assessment and evaluation of his or her achievement will be based on the modified curriculum expectations or alternative expectations outlined in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning may be identified by the teacher, however recommendations from a School Board generated in the form of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) should be used, if available. 

For a student with special education needs who requires “accommodations only”, as described in his or her IEP, assessment and evaluation of achievement will be based on the appropriate subject/ grade/course curriculum expectations and the achievement levels outlined in the curriculum documents.

A student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) describes his or her educational program and any accommodations that may be required. The IEP specifies whether the student requires:
accommodations only; or
modified learning expectations, with the possibility of accommodations;

Assessment accommodations are changes in procedures that enable the student to demonstrate his
or her learning. These may include:
visual supports to clarify verbal instructions, assistive devices, or some form of human support;
alternative methods for the student to demonstrate his or her achievement of expectations (e.g., allowing the student to take tests orally) or the allowance of extra time to complete the assessment;
alternative settings that may be more suitable for the student to demonstrate his or her learning.

If accommodations are required to assess and evaluate student learning, the strategies to be used are outlined in the student’s IEP.
For further details about the different types of accommodations, modified learning expectation and alternative programs please refer to Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010)

Materials Required

Standard Computer Requirements for all courses:
-Processor speed of 2 GHz or faster
-Memory of 4 GB RAM or greater
-A high speed internet connection with a connection speed of 10 MB/s or better.
-Monitor and video card with 1024×768 or greater resolution
-Keyboard and Mouse is recommended