High School

Business Information Management 1a

0.5 Credits
18 weeks

Build your career skills and strengthen your knowledge of business information management by exploring types of businesses and the elements of business planning. Learn about the initial requirements to start a business, then examine business finances, marketing, sales, and the importance of customer service. Computer hardware, networks, and the internet are discussed as well as the basics of web design. Lastly, you will explore ethics and business law, giving you an opportunity to discover your passion for business!

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Major Topics and Concepts

  • Create and understand business plans and explain why they are so important
    Explain the different functions required to operate a business
    Recognize the importance of information and communication technology in a business context
    Distinguish different types of businesses and understand what’s needed to start one
  • Describe and understand the accounting cycle
    Outline and understand a business risk assessment
    Investigate business costs and how to budget for them
    Evaluate different types of business insurance products and when they should be used
    Differentiate between types of financial institutions and the products they can offer
  • Assess how marketing fits into the business plan
    Demonstrate your knowledge of market research, including demographics and targeted marketing
    Differentiate different marketing tools and classify the pros and cons of each
    Identify opportunities for innovation in marketing
    Explain the impact of sales as a part of business
  • Analyze the effects that different aspects of the law can have on a business
    Identify sources of business crimes and strategies that can be used to prevent them
    Describe the legal requirements for running a business, including employment and labor laws
    Discuss why a business should be run ethically and the benefits this has for employers and employees alike
    Investigate how the use of data and technology by a company and its employees can create legal problems for the company
  • Identify what hardware you need to begin your business
    Differentiate between several types of computer networks and explain what each is used for
    Compare the key uses of hardware and software
    Plan maintenance and upgrade tasks typically undertaken in a business environment.
    Investigate how to choose the right technology to fit a company’s needs
  • Discuss how the internet functions and compare this with other types of networks used in business
    Utilize internet terminology and the web to take advantage of what websites can do for business
    Create effective internet searches and define internet search modifiers
    Explain the advantages of using web applications in business organizations
    Investigate ways to create the most effective internet searches
  • Explain different types of websites and be able to identify which to use for a business
    Plan the creation of a website from its initial concept to the delivery of the final product
    Select appropriate web editors and coding languages to build and enhance a website
    Demonstrate understanding of website design including color theory
    Evaluate the effectiveness of graphics and animations in grabbing the attention of visitors to a website
  • Describe the history and use of operating systems
    Safely create and move files in an operating system
    Correctly and efficiently name files in accordance with best practices used in business
    Safely store files while preventing data loss by creating backups
    Transfer, download, and save data to satisfy business standards

Course Materials

Table 1 Physical Materials List
Location Materials
Unit 2 Activity 2

Sheets of plain paper, 8.5 x 11.

Unit 7 Activity 1

If students create mock-ups by hand, then paper will be required, but students may create mock-ups by hand, in Word, or some other electronic application.

Table 2 Technical Materials List
Location Materials
Unit 1 – Unit 8

Chrome, Edge, or Firefox internet browser.

Unit 3 and 8 Labs

PDF reading capability:

  • Unit 3 Lab requires PDF reading capability via browser and
  • Unit 8 Lab PDF reading capability is recommended.
Unit 8 Activity 1

If students choose to create folders and files in their own Dropbox account, then they will require login credentials, but the assignment can be completed in Windows Explorer.


Business Structure

Students will demonstrate an understanding of business structure by creating a business plan, explaining the functions required to operate a business, and describing types of businesses.

Business Finance

Students will demonstrate an understanding of business finance by describing the accounting cycle, explaining business insurance products, and differentiating between types of financial institutions.

Marketing and Sales

Students will demonstrate an understanding of marketing and sales by explaining how marketing fits into a business plan, differentiating the pros and cons of marketing tools, and evaluating the impact of sales as part of the business.

Ethics and Business Law

Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethics and business law by analyzing the effects law can have on a business, describing the legal requirements for running a business and explaining the compliance of using data and technology by a business.

Computers in Business

Students will demonstrate an understanding of computers in business by describing hardware used within a business, and explaining uses of hardware and software in a business.

Internet Use for Business

Students will demonstrate an understanding of Internet use for business by describing Internet functions in a business, creating effective internet searches, and explaining the advantages of web applications in business.