Business Studies (Years 11 and 12)
Business Studies is the study of all things to do with business both from inside the business operations and functions to how outside factors influence business and to how important business is to our society.
In the Preliminary course, students study the nature of business, employment relations, marketing, operations and financial management. Finally, students learn about the choices and decisions involved in starting a business and how to go about developing a business plan.
In the HSC course students will be building on their Preliminary studies. They will be learning how the dynamic nature of the business environment influences the way businesses operate and how management cope with change. Furthermore, students are made aware of how businesses also have a social responsibility to operate in an ethical and ecologically sustainable manner. In Year 12 they progress to an in-depth study of key business functions, which when combined with a global perspective, provides students with an excellent understanding of the internal workings of a business. In Years 11 and 12 students will study the following topics:
"Virtually every company will be going out and empowering their workers with a certain set of tools, and the big difference in how much value is received from that will be how much the company steps back and really thinks through their business processes, thinking through how their business can change, how their project management, their customer feedback, their planning cycles can be quite different than they ever were before."
Bill Gates -IBM
There is a strong emphasis on case studies and skill development. In Year 11, the students undertake an in depth study of a small business which allows them to become familiar with the interdependent elements of a profitable enterprise. Case studies bring into the classroom the reality that aids understanding, therefore allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills to a myriad of business scenarios. The skills of report writing, manipulation of stimulus material and interpretation of financial reports are all developed.
The wide range of learning activities including such things as webquests, oral and visual presentations, reports, hypothetical scenarios and problem solving provide a rich and challenging program for our students. As part of the curriculum students will also participate in excursions which further provide them with solid case studies to support their learning and understanding. These include; Sydney Tower Dining, Luna Park and IKEA.
The students are also given the opportunity to be part of the FOCUS Project. This project is jointly coordinated by the school and the Australian Business and Community Network. It provides leadership opportunities for young women and assists the students by helping them develop leadership and job related skills, guiding them in choosing the right career path and giving them an opportunity to be mentored by a business leader.
For more information on the Business Studies Curriculum, please visit: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/business-studies.html