Business and Information Technology

The BIT cluster focuses on the management, marketing and use of electronic technologies to access, use and manipulate information within personal, family, workplace, community and global contexts. This cluster challenges students to expand their confidence, experience and skills as innovators and leaders.

IT is more than typing. IT is using programming software to generate computer animations, games and java applets that can be used on a website.  IT is creating websites.  IT is using design software to create game boards, can labels and boxes. IT is using graphic software to manipulate photos and drawing maps and house blueprints. IT is taking computers apart, putting them back together, making them better and networking them. IT is so much more than just typing, but the typing software is fun too – it has games!


IT Essentials

All grade 10 students should register for this course. It is the expectation in all core subjects that students complete a variety of assignments using the computer.  By taking this IT course, students gain the appropriate skills to successfully meet the requirements of that work in English, social, science and math.  This is extremely beneficial for post-secondary studies as well.


Computer Science

Students explore hardware, software and processes to write or create structured algorithms and programs that input, process and output data. They will also explore a variety of programming languages including Scratch, C++ and Java.


Electronic Design

Students discover and develop skills to relay a message effectively using print.  Students who do this course will create designs to print on water bottles, mugs, t-shirts and other items, using the heat press.


Business Administration

Students get a head start in their courses for post-secondary schools like NAIT, MacEwan and the U of A, by completing work using Microsoft Office, including word processing, spreadsheet and database.  Skills acquired here are the identical skills students acquire in their first year post-secondary courses, thus making their first year much easier. Some schools allow students to challenge their first year courses also.


Design Studies

Students learn about the creative process from conception through to development in architecture, industrial design, engineering, interior design and landscaping. They develop an understanding of design problems through research and select, generate and evaluate possible solutions. They develop basic knowledge and skills in computer-aided design (CAD). Finally, students develop skills and techniques for 3-D design by using tools, materials and processes common to 3-D design to complete a variety of project activities.


A+ Certification Prep

Cisco Academy’s PC Hardware and Software v4.1 course is intended for students in upper secondary schools, technical school, community college, or four-year institutions who want to pursue careers in IT and gain working knowledge of how computers work, how to assemble computers, and how to troubleshoot hardware and software issues.  When taken in high school, students receive dual credit – both from Alberta Education and from Cisco Academy. When finished, students can also write two external exams to obtain their A+ Certification, which is an internationally-recognized certificate.


21st Century Business Basics

Need some extra cash while going to school or to pay for post-secondary? Planning on starting your own business and being your own boss after graduating? This course will provide some the essential skills needed to get started in today’s competitive marketplace. Students will identify, compare and assess a variety of venture opportunities and ideas. They will investigate the concept of e-commerce as a marketing strategy and design an e-commerce Web site to sell products and/or services. Lastly, students are introduced to accounting and terminology unique to financial accounting. They become familiar with financial statements, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and how to prepare for the process of starting up a business.


Possible Information Technology Pathways

Essential Skills

INF1030:  Word Processing 1

INF1060:  Spreadsheet 1

INF1910:  INF Project A - Keyboarding

any pathway can include INF2020: Keyboarding


Computer Science Basic – Using Scratch

  • CSE1010:  Computer Science 1
  • CSE1110:  Structured Programming 1
  • CSE1910:  Computer Science Project A

Computer Science Intermediate – Using C++

  • CSE1120:  Structured Programming 2
  • CSE2110:  Procedural Programming 1
  • CSE2910:  Computer Science Project B

Computer Science Advanced A – Using Java

  • CSE2140:  Second Programming Language 1
  • CSE3120:  Object Oriented Programming 1
  • CSE3130:  Object Oriented Programming 2

Computer Science Advanced B – Using Java

  • CSE2120:  Data Structures 1
  • CSE2130:  File & Files Structures 1
  • CSE3140:  Second Programming Language 2

Basic Business Skills

  • INF1050:  Database 1
  • INF1070:  Digital Presentation
  • INF2080:  Spreadsheet 2

Intermediate Business Skills

  • INF2050:  Word Processing 2
  • INF2910:  INF Project B
  • INF2090:  Correspondence


  • INF2100:  Reports

Advanced Business Skills

  • INF2070: Database 2
  • INF3060:  Word Processing 3
  • INF3095:  Productivity Software Integration

Electronic Design Basic

  • COM1005:  Visual Communication
  • COM1035:  Graphics Tools
  •  COM1910:  COM Project A

Electronic Design Intermediate

  • COM2035:  Rastor Graphics 1
  • COM2045:  Vector Graphics 1
  • COM2910:  COM Project B

Electronic Design Advanced

  • COM3035:  Rastor Graphics 2
  • COM3045:  Vector Graphics 2
  • COM 3910:  COM Project D

Electronic Publishing

  • COM1025:  Typography
  • COM2025:  Electronic Layout & Publishing 1
  •  COM3025:  Electronic Layout & Publishing 2

Web Page Design

  • COM1055:  Web Design 1
  • COM2055:  Web Design 2
  •  COM3075:  Cascading Style Sheets
  • COM3055:  Rich Media – Basics
  • COM2175:  Interactive Presentation

Design Studies

  • DES1020:  The Design Process
  • DES1030:  2-D Design 1
  • DES1040:  3-D Design 1      

Computer Repair (A+ Prep using Cisco course)

First semester only

  • NET2020:  Workstation Technology & Operations         
  • NET2030:  Network Structures
  • NET2040:  Network Media & Devices
  • NET2080:  Laptops & Peripherals
  • NET3100:  Network Media & Devices, Security
  • ENT1010:  Opportunity & Challenge

21st Century Business Basics

  • ENT1010:  Challenge & Opportunity
  • FIN1015:     Accounting Prep
  • MAM1040:  E-Commerce 1