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Lower Merion School District


Business, Computer, and Information Technology

Foundations of Business

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 09010100

Foundations of Business is a dynamic course designed to introduce fundamental aspects of business. Students will learn how to balance a checkbook, complete an employment application, write a cover letter and resume, and participate in an interview. By developing and using a simulation program, students will learn many of the functional areas of business such as technology, marketing, management, law, accounting, production, and finance. Students will gain a complete understanding and appreciation of how all of these aspects must work together for a business to be successful. Students will engage in all aspects of entrepreneurial thinking and will apply the basic skills of computation, communication, decision-making, and problem solving for success in college and ultimately the workplace.


  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 09010200

Active learning strategies are utilized in this course to provide students practical experience in applying their knowledge in the context of real life business scenarios. This course allows students the latitude to explore their individual business interests by writing a business plan summary for an innovative product or service of their choice. Students will apply the knowledge learned throughout course related to the marketing, finance, and management functions of business. In addition, students will participate in an online real-world business simulation of their choice. The course is a prerequisite and will prepare students to implement a business plan in Advanced Entrepreneurship.

Advanced Entrepreneurship

  • Length/Credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Entrepreneurship
  • Course Number: 09010600

The Advanced Entrepreneur class introduces students to the essential components of a practical business plan and challenges them to start an entrepreneur venture while still in high school. The creative and problem-solving skills taught in the Advanced Entrepreneurship course will enhance the knowledge gained in the other business courses. This course will serve to augment and support the LMSD Entrepreneurship Incubator by giving all students the knowledge and skills necessary to write and present a business plan. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical skill sets (i.e. marketing and advertising, communication, accounting, finance, and management) that will foster success in current and future ventures.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 09100400

Sports and Entertainment Marketing takes students on a step-by-step journey through the world of marketing. Students encounter and learn about the key functions of marketing and how those functions are applied to sports and entertainment. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the marketing concepts and theories that apply to sports and events. The course content will be based on business and marketing topics including communication skills, distribution, marketing-information management, pricing, product/service management, promotion, selling, operations, strategic management, and human resource management. This course will include a business simulation directly related to sports and entertainment marketing.

Video Production

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 09020400

Students will develop skills, knowledge, and an appreciation of video production. Students will view films in class with an eye on proper shot composition and camera angles. Students will incorporate what they have learned in their own work and will complete hands-on video production and post-production editing. Students will be involved in activities such as planning and storyboarding, gathering information for productions, interviewing, writing scripts, video-taping, utilizing computer-generated imagery, designing layouts and shots, and producing the final product by given deadlines.

Advanced Video Production

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Video Production
  • Course Number: 09020500

Advanced Video Production provides students with the opportunity to build upon the skills & knowledge gained throughout the video production course. This course allows students to develop advanced skills using the latest video editing software. Some additional time outside of the classroom will be required to successfully complete projects. This class is excellent for those students considering a major in communications at a post-secondary school.

Television Broadcasting

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Advanced Video Production or by permission
  • Course Number: 09020600

Television Broadcasting is a year-long course building upon the skills acquired in previous video production classes. Students enrolled in this course will work collaboratively as members of production teams on numerous projects which will air on the Lower Merion School District’s educational channel LMSDtv. These projects will focus on sports, student life, and entertainment. Students will rotate assignments as camera operators, directors, talent, writers, and video editors. This course will require substantial responsibility on the part of the student.