High School

Business Information Management 1b

0.5 Credits
18 Weeks

Building on the prior prerequisite course, you will become more familiar with the application of information management in business. You will learn about professional conduct, teamwork, and managerial skills while also examining careers in business technology. The basics of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software are explored while you become comfortable operating each of these programs. Finally, the future of business technology is discussed, providing you with a foundation in business information management.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Workplace Communication and Business

  • Distinguish verbal from non-verbal communication, as well as the different ways each form of communication is expressed
  • Explain the importance of communication in the office or workplace
  • Communicate effectively in a team
  • Examine the ways communication can be used to resolve conflict
  • Assess the use of project tools to manage projects and facilitate communication

Unit 2: Communicating by Email

  • Write and phrase business-appropriate messages to clients and co-workers
  • Work with different types of attachments and files
  • Manage your incoming mail, including spam and junk
  • Configure email settings to make your processing of email more secure and efficient
  • Assess the use of email in conjunction with additional communication tools

Unit 3: Word Documents in Business Communication

  • Recognize and create a variety of important business documents
  • Examine the use of different elements to create effective written documents in Word
  • Assess basic design elements used to create visually-appealing documents
  • Publish and share written content in a business setting

Unit 4: Communicating Using Spreadsheets

  • Examine the use of spreadsheets in business
  • Identify the ways to input data into a spreadsheet
  • Investigate the use of basic formulas and functions to perform calculations
  • Compare the use of charts, sparklines, and graphs
  • Analyze, manipulate, and share data in a business context

Unit 5: Creating and Using Databases in Business

  • Compare the use of database software like Excel and Access
  • Create and set up simple databases
  • Manipulate and understand the relationships between tables
  • Explain the basics of data mining

Unit 6: Communicating Using Slide Presentations

  • Create PowerPoint presentations
  • Effectively communicate with a group in a business environment
  • Edit, manage, and create slides for presentations
  • Efficiently utilize presentations in business situations

Unit 7: Careers, Businesses, and Organizations

  • Explain interpersonal skills and how to use them to your advantage
  • Describe the importance of time management, dependability, and a positive attitude
  • Inform others about the advantages provided by professional and student organizations
  • Identify potential career plans and career options in the field of business technology

Unit 8: The Future of Business Technology

  • Explain the impact that technology has on business
  • Assess innovative technological ideas as prospective solutions to business problems
  • Compare a variety of software tools used to create efficient resolutions in business
  • Practice safe, responsible, and appropriate use of social media sites

Course Materials

Microsoft Office 2019, or an Office 365 Subscription.


Business Communication

Students will demonstrate an understanding of business communication by explaining forms of business communication, and evaluating communication practices in the workplace.

Communicating by Email

Students will demonstrate an understanding of email communications by creating business-appropriate email messages, comparing email settings and describing how to manage incoming emails.

Business Word Processing Documents

Students will demonstrate an understanding of word documents in business by comparing types of business documents, explaining elements of effective written documents and evaluating design elements of business documents.

Business Spreadsheets

Competency Statement: Students will demonstrate an understanding of business spreadsheets by describing uses of spreadsheets in business, creating calculations in a business spreadsheet and comparing charts and graphs in business spreadsheets.

Business Database

Students will demonstrate an understanding of business databases by describing the elements of a business database, creating a business database, and explaining data mining in a business database.

Business Slide Presentations

Students will demonstrate an understanding of business slide presentations by describing the use of slide presentations for a business and creating slides for a business presentation.

Business Career Development

Students will demonstrate an understanding of business career development by explaining the role of professional organizations and explaining a business career plan.

Future of Business Technology

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the future of business technology by analyzing the impact that innovative technology can have on the future of a business and describing appropriate business uses of social media.