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Descriptions of Courses Offered at Heritage

  • CTE Courses Offered at Heritage High School in Alphabetical Order

    Advanced Computer Information Systems

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Computer Information Systems

    Elective Students apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through advanced integrated software applications, including printed, electronic, and web publications. Students work individually and in groups to explore advanced computer maintenance activities, website development, programming, networking, emerging technology, and employability skills. Students enhance computer information technology skills through the use of advanced integrated applications to create documents, publications, and websites including complex graphs, customized reports, and multimedia presentations. In addition to implementing programming and executing network activities, students also will practice the maintenance, management, and troubleshooting of systems; legal and ethical issues are explored; preparation is given for industry certifications; and employability skills are developed.

    Advanced Drawing and Design

    Grade(s): 11-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Engineering Drawing and Design or Architectural Drawing and Design

    Elective Students use a graphic language for product design and technical illustration to increase their understanding of drawing techniques learned in the prerequisite courses. Students research design-related fields while identifying the role of advanced drawing and design in manufacturing and construction industry processes. They apply the design process, analyze design solutions, reverse engineer products, create 3-D solid models using CADD, construct physical models, and create multimedia presentations of finished designs. Students will complete a work portfolio based on a chosen graphic project.

    Advanced Marketing Co-Op

    Grade(s): 11-12

    2 Credits

    Prerequisite: Marketing Co-Op or Marketing Non Co-Op; Travel, Tourism and Destination Marketing is recommended

    Elective Students build on knowledge gained in a prior Marketing course. Students participate in supervisory and management activities focusing on the marketing mix, purchasing, financing, human resources, global marketing, pricing, and emerging technologies. Students will prepare for advancement in marketing careers and postsecondary education. Computer/technology applications and DECA activities enhance the course. DECA, the co-curricular student organization, offers opportunities in leadership, community, and competitive events.

    Cooperative education is a WBL experience that connects CTE classroom instruction with paid workplace experience directly related to the student’s interests, abilities, and goals. Students will maintain continuous employment throughout the school year to achieve a minimum of 280 hours for the school year.

    Advanced Marketing Non Co-Op

    Grade(s): 11-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Marketing Co-Op or Marketing Non Co-Op; Travel, Tourism and Destination Marketing is recommended

    Elective Students build on knowledge gained in a prior Marketing course. Students participate in supervisory and management activities focusing on the marketing mix, purchasing, financing, human resources, global marketing, pricing, and emerging technologies. Students will prepare for advancement in marketing careers and postsecondary education. Computer/technology applications and DECA activities enhance the course. DECA, the co-curricular student organization, offers opportunities in leadership, community, and competitive events.

    Cooperative education is a WBL experience that connects CTE classroom instruction with paid workplace experience directly related to the student’s interests, abilities, and goals. Students will maintain continuous employment throughout the school year to achieve a minimum of 280 hours for the school year.

     

    Aerospace Science I

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Aerospace Science I offers an introduction to the aerospace industry through a hands-on approach and exploration of topics such as flight, space, and supporting technologies. Students explore the aviation and space industries by examining the history of aviation, aerodynamics and aircraft components, flight conditions, airport and flight operations, space systems, rocketry, and living and working in space.

    Lab fee: $20.00

    Aerospace Science II

    Grade(s): 11-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Aerospace Science I

    Elective Aerospace Science II provides an advanced exploration of flight, space travel, and supporting technologies through a problem-solving method and practical application. Students explore concepts in aircraft operations; aircraft design, flight safety and maintenance; airport infrastructure; rocket technology; space systems; and living and working in the aerospace environment.

    Lab fee: $20.00

     

    Architectural Drawing and Design

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Technical Drawing and Design

    Elective Students learn the principles of architecture and increase understanding of working drawings and construction techniques learned in the prerequisite course. Experiences include residential and commercial building designs, rendering, model development, and structural details. Students use computer-aided drawing and design (CADD) equipment and established standards or codes to prepare models for presentation. The course is especially beneficial to future architects, interior designers, or home builders.

    Business Law (Semester)

    Grade(s): 10-12

    0.5 Credit

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Business and Marketing

    Elective Students examine the foundations of the American legal system and learn the rights and responsibilities of citizens and businesses. Students gain knowledge and skills by exploring economic and social concepts related to laws governing business and individuals. Focus areas include contracts, consumer protection, criminal law, tort law, international law, family/domestic law, employment law, cyber law, and careers in the legal profession.

    Business Management (Semester)

    Grade(s): 10-12

    0.5 Credit

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Business and Marketing

    Elective Students study basic management concepts and leadership styles as they explore business ownership, planning, operations, marketing, finance, economics, communications, the global marketplace, and human relations. Quality concepts, project management, problem solving, and ethical decision-making are an integral part of the course.

    Computer Information Systems

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through word processing, spreadsheets, databases, multimedia presentations, and integrated software activities. Students work individually and in groups to explore computer concepts, operating systems, networks, telecommunications, emerging technologies, and career opportunities related to the information technology field.

     

    Cybersecurity Operations Honors

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Cybersecurity

    Elective Cybersecurity Operations is designed to teach computer and network administration and security. Students learn cybersecurity concepts, including the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. Cybersecurity is defined as the steps and processes taken to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from unauthorized access that can result in theft or damage. Students learn to establish, implement, and maintain security networks.

     

    Early Childhood Education I

    Grade(s): 10-12

    2 Credits

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood Education OR Independent Living SEM

    Elective This is a hybrid course that involves traditional face-to-face learning and virtual/online learning through Schoology. Students prepare to be primary providers of home-, family-, or institution-based child care services by focusing on the planning, organizing, and conducting of meaningful play and learning activities; child monitoring and supervision; record keeping and referral procedures; work-based learning experiences in on-site labs, local daycare centers, elementary schools, and other institutions under the supervision of the instructor. Students also prepare for continuing education leading to careers in early childhood fields (e.g., medical, social services and education).

     

    Economics and Personal Finance

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States economy is interconnected with the global economy. Additionally, they learn to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions relating to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, financing post-secondary education, taxes, saving and investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, and living independently. They also learn the importance of investing in themselves in order to gain the knowledge and skills valued in the marketplace. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles will provide the basis for responsible citizenship, more effective participation in the workforce, and career success. The course incorporates all economics and financial literacy objectives included in the Code of Virginia §22.1-200-03B.

     

    Engineering Drawing and Design

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Technical Drawing and Design

    Elective Students explore the engineering design process and use a graphic language for product design, technical illustration, assembly, patent, and structural drawings. They increase their understanding of drawing techniques and the design process learned in the prerequisite course. Students use computers, calculators, and descriptive geometry and adhere to established standards to solve design problems. They work in teams to design solutions for an identified need and to produce parts on a 3D printer.

     

    Gourmet Foods

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit (Full Year)

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students enrolled in this course focus on examining wellness, investigating principles of nutrition, using science and technology in food management, ensuring food safety, planning menus and preparing food, and exploring careers in the field of nutrition and wellness. Critical thinking and practical problem solving are emphasized.

    Lab Fee: $20.00 Semester, $40.00 Full Year

     

    IB Business Management

    Grade(s): 11-12

    1 Credit (Full Year)

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students learn to analyze, discuss and evaluate busines activites at local, national, and international levels. The course covers a range of sectors as well as the socio-cultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate. The course covers key characteristics of business organization including business functions of human resources management, finance and accounting, marketing, and operations management. Students will complete a written internal research assessment focusing on real world business organizations that will be internally marked by subject teachers and then externally moderated by IB examiners. The external assessment consists of two written examination papers. Paper one is based on a pre-seen case study issued in advance, and paper two consists of structured questions based on stimulus material and an extended response question that assesses students’ understanding of the key concepts of the course.

     

    Introduction to Business & Marketing

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students discover the roles of business and marketing in the free enterprise system and the global economy. Students examine basic financial concepts of banking, insurance, credit, taxation, and investments to provide a strong background for making sound decisions as consumers, wage earners, and citizens. The real-world effects of technology, effective communication, and interpersonal skills is evident throughout the course. This course also supports career development skills and explores career options.

    Introduction to Culinary Arts

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Gourmet Foods

    Elective Introduction to Culinary Arts students investigate food safety and sanitation, culinary preparation foundations, basic culinary skills, diverse cuisines, service styles, nutrition and menu development, and the economics of food. Students also explore postsecondary education options and career opportunities within the food service industry.

    Lab Fee: $40.00

    Introduction to Cybersecurity

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Cybersecurity affects every individual, organization, and nation. This course focuses on the evolving and pervasive technological environment with an emphasis on securing personal, organizational, and national information. Students will be introduced to the principles of cybersecurity, explore emerging technologies, examine threats and protective measures, and investigate the diverse high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity. Exciting opportunities will be presented to use interactive current resources in the study of cybersecurity such as Virginia Cyber Range, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and Cyber.Org.

    Introduction to Early Childhood Education

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students are introduced to early childhood education career opportunities and explore topics such as child development, safe and healthy environments for children, and developmentally appropriate practice that supports child development.

    Manufacturing Systems I

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Materials and Processes or Technology of Robotic Design

    Elective This course provides an orientation to careers in various fields of manufacturing. Emphasis will be placed on manufacturing systems, safety, materials, production, business concepts, and the manufacturing process. Students participate in individual and team activities to create products that demonstrate critical elements of manufacturing.

    Lab fee: $20.00

    Manufacturing Systems II

    Grade(s): 11-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Manufacturing Systems I

    Elective Students develop an in-depth understanding of automation and its applications in manufacturing. Activities center on flexible manufacturing processes and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Students work in teams to solve complex interdisciplinary problems that stem from the major systems in automated manufacturing.

    Lab Fee: $20.00

    Marketing Co-Op

    Grade(s): 11-12

    2 Credits

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Business and Marketing OR AET Entrepreneurship II DE

    Elective Students examine activities in marketing and business important for success in marketing employment and postsecondary education. Students will learn how products are developed, branded, and sold to businesses and consumers. Students will analyze industry trends and gain hands-on experience in the marketing of goods, services, and ideas. Topics will include professionalism in the workplace, product planning and positioning, promotion, pricing, selling, economic issues, and the impact of technology on the marketplace. DECA, the co-curricular student organization, offers opportunities in leadership, community, and competitive events.

    Cooperative education is a WBL experience that connects CTE classroom instruction with paid workplace experience directly related to the student’s interests, abilities, and goals. Students will maintain continuous employment throughout the school year to achieve a minimum of 280 hours for the school year.

    Marketing Non Co-Op

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Business and Marketing OR AET Entrepreneurship II DE

    Elective Students examine activities in marketing and business important for success in marketing employment and postsecondary education. Students will learn how products are developed, branded, and sold to businesses and consumers. Students will analyze industry trends and gain hands-on experience in the marketing of goods, services, and ideas. Topics will include professionalism in the workplace, product planning and positioning, promotion, pricing, selling, economic issues, and the impact of technology on the marketplace. DECA, the co-curricular student organization, offers opportunities in leadership, community, and competitive events.

    Materials and Processes

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students focus on physical materials and processes as they fabricate usable products and conduct experiments. Learning experiences include career analysis as well as the use of tools and equipment related to analysis, testing, and processing of metals, plastics, woods, ceramics, and composite materials.

    Lab fee: $20.00

     

    PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture Honors

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: PLTW Principles of Engineering Honors

    Elective Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software.

    PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design Honors

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Through both individual and collaborative team activities, such as project management and peer review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and they will use

    current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. In addition, the development of computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.

    PLTW Principles of Engineering Honors

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: PLTW Intro to Engineering Design H

    Elective In this Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course, students explore the engineering profession and the fundamental aspects of engineering problem-solving. Students study the historical and current impacts of engineering on society, including ethical implications. Mathematical and scientific concepts will be applied to fundamental engineering topics, including mechanics and electrical-circuit theory. This course is piloted at BWH, HTH, IHS, LRH, and LVH.

    Production Systems

    Grade(s): 12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Manufacturing Systems II

    Elective This course is designed to introduce students to the world of technology and design. Students explore the use of cutting-edge technology in production of goods. Economic and social implications are considered. Students move through the problem-solving process to plan an organization and production facility, design and produce a prototype, develop a marketing plan for the product, and evaluate potential success. Students are expected to follow strict safety requirements when elements of instruction take place in the Technology Education production lab. Virginia’s Workplace Readiness competencies are also emphasized.

    Lab fee: $20.00

    Project Management

    Grade(s): 11-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Any two (or equivalent) 36-week CTE sequential courses

    Elective This course fosters the development of effective leadership skills in students. Concepts such as goal setting, project management, communication, resource management, global etiquette, and team building are emphasized. Students will complete a project and develop a portfolio highlighting their development as leaders.

    Sports and Entertainment Marketing

    Grade(s): 10-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Business and Marketing OR AET Entrepreneurship II DE

    Elective This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of fundamental marketing concepts and theories as they relate to the sports and entertainment industries. Students will investigate the components of customer service, branding, product development, pricing and distribution, business structures, sales processes, digital media, sponsorships and endorsements, as well as promotion needed for sports and entertainment events. The course explores career options and develops workplace readiness skills

    Teacher Cadet I DE

    Grade(s): 11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective This course fosters student interest, understanding, and appreciation of the teaching profession and allows secondary students to explore careers in education. Students build a foundation for teaching; learn the history, structure and governance of teaching; apply professional teaching techniques in the Teacher Cadet classroom and field experience; and reflect on their teaching experiences. Participants will engage in field experiences to observe and examine public schools as cultural organizations where teachers work according to laws and regulations.

    Teacher Cadet II DE

    Grade(s): 12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Teacher Cadet I DE

    Elective Students continue to explore careers in the Education and Training Career Cluster and pathways. This course provides the opportunity for students to prepare for careers in education as they research postsecondary options, learn about the process of teacher certification in Virginia, and participate in a practicum experience.

    This course is designed to develop an understanding of the historical, social and philosophical foundations underlying the role, development and organization of U.S. public education and instructional design based on assessment data. Legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organizational culture and contemporary issues in education are addressed. In practica, students observe and participate in limited ways in the activities of the school.

    Technical Drawing and Design

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective In this foundational course, students design, sketch, and make technical drawings, models, or prototypes of real design problems while learning the language of technical drawing and design. The course introduces the language of graphic communication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and is especially recommended for those planning a future in engineering and architecture.

    Technology of Robotic Design

    Grade(s): 9-11

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: None

    Elective Students engage in the study of computers and microprocessors and their applications to manufacturing, transportation, and communication systems. Topics include computer equipment and operating systems, robotics, programming, control systems, and social/cultural impact of these technologies. Problem-solving activities challenge students to design, program, and interface devices with computer systems. Learning activities include robotics, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing and design, and control of electromechanical devices.

    Lab Fee: $10.00

     

    Travel, Tourism, and Destination Marketing

    Grade(s): 11-12

    1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Business and Marketing OR AET Entrepreneurship II DE

    Elective This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth look at travel, tourism, and destination marketing. Students learn about business management, communications strategies, and the importance of sales and marketing in the travel and tourism industry. Students gain an understanding of soft skills, career trends, and opportunities. They develop advanced competencies in the areas of human relations, finance, safety and environmental issues, industry specific technology, promotional planning, and market research. Academic skills related to the content are also a part of this course.