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IVE BUSINESS CURRICULUM
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BUSINESS OPERATIONS / COMMUNICATIONS
16-week Class Schedule


This framework provides information for use in the identification and organization of instructional data/materials for use in an integrated survey study in Computer Applications, English Language Arts (Business Communications) and Small Business Development and Management (which includes specific business applications of Mathematics). In its business operations content, it is identical to the Entrepreneurial Management curriculum offered through the IVE League Distance Learning program.


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This nominal 16 week course provides an integrated study of computer applications (word processing and spreadsheets), English language arts (business communications), and small business management including fundamentals of financial records keeping. It is designed to provide an equal mixture of classroom/distance learning instruction and self-paced, self-directed study.  This curricula is designed for 5-hours of classroom 2-1-2 block-schedule presentation.

RECOMMENDED TEXT(S)

(T1) BANGS, David H., Jr. The Start-up Guide: A One Year Plan for Entrepreneurs - Second Edition (1994). Upstart Publishing, Dover NH. (ISBN 0-936 894-57-1) $19.95

(T2) PINSON, L. and JINNETT, J. Keeping the Books: Basic Recordskeeping and Accounting for the Small Business - Second Edition (1993). Upstart Publishing, Dover NH. (ISBN 0-936 894-47-4) $19.95

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this course, students will display a broad knowledge and understanding of the operational and fiscal processes which are essential to the formation and continued operation of any business in the American economy. Progress in the acquisition of this knowledge will be demonstrated and assessed periodically through the use of standardized (T-F, multiple-choice, and Cloze paragraph exercises) and open format (short answer and essay) quizzes and examinations.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Regardless of any arbitrary assessment and evaluation criteria, the ultimate test of your learning in this course comes down to one of two things--either you know the material (or at the very least you know where to look to find it), or you don't. For those who are driven by (or otherwise require) grades, checks (quizzes) for your understanding of the material will take place at the end of each unit. There will also be two mid-term examinations, a semester final, and a comprehensive final examination.


IVE CLASS SYLLABUS


Instructor: Mr. Werve (dwerve2@iveleague.org)

Index of Assignments  Click on the star link ( * )


Computer Applications Assignments

With the exception of keyboarding (typing) practice, all required computer applications instructions and exercises take place within the structure and framework of the classes. Each class period or class block opens with a minimum of 20 minutes "touch" keyboarding exercise to help students reach and maintain an appropriate keyboarding rate as defined in the AIM-IVE Technology Framework.


English Language Arts Assignments

Weekly lists of homonyms * Students are to prepare one exercise of find homonym blocks for quizzes given at the beginning of the period on Fridays.

Monthly independent reading assignments * Students are to read at least one grade-level-appropriate book of their choice each month. See link for details.


Business and Communications Texts

(T1) BANGS, David H., Jr. The Start-up Guide: A One Year Plan for Entrepreneurs - Second Edition (1994). Upstart Publishing, Dover NH. (ISBN 0-936 894-57-1) $19.95

(T2) PINSON, L. and JINNETT, J. Keeping the Books: Basic Recordskeeping and Accounting for the Small Business - Second Edition (1993). Upstart Publishing, Dover NH. (ISBN 0-936 894-47-4) $19.95

Business and Communications Assignments

WEEK 1:  BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 1 The Basics of Business Ownership: The six myths of business ownership; how to lower the risks of starting a business.

WEEK 2:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 2 One Year Before Start-up: Write an action plan. Refining your ideas; decide what business you want to start, assess the impact on your family and personal life; begin your search, build your skills by taking formal management courses.

WEEK 3:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 3 Six Months Before Start-up: Review and revise your action plan as necessary. Decide the focus of your business; start writing your business plan; define your target markets; research business and trade organizations, seek the best location.

WEEK 4:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 1 Recordskeeping basics. The functions of recordskeeping; when does recordskeeping begin; common deductible expenses.

WEEK 5:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 2 Income and Expenses. Categories of income and expenses.

WEEK 6:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 3 Essential Records for Small Business. Single- and double-entry systems; numbering of accounts; chart of accounts; general journal; general ledger; revenue and expense journal; petty cash record; inventory record; fixed assets log; accounts receivable; accounts payable; payroll records; transportation, entertainment, and travel expense; customer information records; business checkbook; receipt files.

FRIDAY OF WEEK 6--TERM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION ONE (20 % of Grade)

WEEK 7:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 4 Four Months Before Start-up: Review and revise your action plan as necessary. Name your business; select your location; set up a network; select outside advisors; choose your business legal structure; set up accounting, bookkeeping, and office systems; take business courses; seek out and use demographic information.

WEEK 8:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY,<TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 5 Three Months Before Start-up: Review and revise your action plan as necessary. Determine your cash needs; review preliminary financial objectives; decide on your pricing strategies; forecast sales; get assistance; put together an outside advisory board; determine your company's employee needs; project your cash flow.

WEEK 9:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 4 Financial Statements: What are financial statements; the balance sheet, the profit and loss (income) statement; business financial history; personal financial statement; pro forma cash flow statement (budgets); quarterly budget analysis; three-year income projection; break-even analysis.

FRIDAY OF WEEK 9-TERM STATE STANDARDS PROGRESS EXAMINATION (20 % of Grade)

WEEK 10:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 6 Two Months Before Start-up: Review your action plan as necessary. Prepare your marketing plan; review non-financial objectives - image; review sales forecasts; prepare a preliminary balance sheet; using the balance sheet; secure the necessary financing; secure insurance coverage; answer legal questions; determine image, advertising, promotion and public relations strategies; order opening inventories; complete improvements to your facility; start your hiring process; refine your mission statement.

WEEK 11:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 5 Taxes and Recordskeeping: Basic understanding of the U.S. tax system; federal taxes for which you may be liable; calendars of federal taxes; income taxes and business related deductions; estimated taxes; self employment tax; social security (FICA) taxes and withholding; federal unemployment (FUTA) tax; payment to non-employees for services rendered; the taxpayer identification (EIN); free tax publications available from federal and state agencies.

WEEK 12:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 6 Recordskeeping and Tax Schedules: Organizing your recordskeeping; building your system; recordskeeping schedule; tax reporting schedules.

FRIDAY--END OF WEEK 12:  TERM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION TWO (20 % of Grade)

WEEK 13:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 7 One Month Before Start-up: Review your action plan as necessary. Fine tune your cash flow budget; prepare for your grand opening; set up your office, display, and other areas; do your final professional check; hire your staff (and train as necessary); the shake-down cruise; implement marketing, promotion, and opening plans.

WEEK 14:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 7 Preparing for Uncle Sam: What to give your accountant; the last chore(s).

WEEK 15:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T1 - Chapter 8 Day One and After: Review and revise your business operating plan as necessary (at least quarterly, ideally monthly); budget (and control) your time; continuously update your products and services, listen; check your cash flow budget against actual performance; maintain good communications with your banker(s) and vendors; the five C's of credit; working with your vendors; working with investors.

WEEK 16:  WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY, <TBD>, READ FROM TEXT T2 - Chapter 8 Financial Statement Analysis: Financial statements. liquidity analysis, profitability analysis; debt measures; investment measures; vertical financial statement analysis; horizontal financial statement analysis.

THURSDAY--END OF WEEK 16:  COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE/PROGRESS EXAMINATION (40 % of Grade)



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The IVE League, the foundation for Integrated Vocational Education (IVE), is a federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. Its major emphasis is curriculum development which blends academic education and career or vocational training into thematic learning units for presentation to the same students, in the same classrooms, at the same time. As an adjunct activity, The IVE League also provides internet-based fundraising services (including specialized fund management) to traditional schools, charter schools, and other registered community-based nonprofit organizations. Support is provided by financial contributions of individuals and companies interested in seeing public education provide both career and academic preparation as integrated components of its core curriculum.
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