Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCC, IIT, or DIT, and AOT

     Class Description:

    This course is designed to develop proficiency in using the advanced features of software programs to perform office-related tasks.

    It allows students to use training software and materials to prepare to take the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist certification exams. At the conclusion of this course the students will be given the opportunity to sit for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist examination in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  If students have already attained these certifications in AOT, then they will sit for the Word Expert and Excel Expert Exams with teacher approval.

    Students will also be working on soft skills and proofreading.

    This course does not qualify you for Bright Scholars; however, it does qualify for Gold Seal.

     Course Objectives:

     By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge, skill, and application of information systems to accomplish job objectives and enhance workplace of performance.
    2. Demonstrate Language Arts knowledge and skills.
    3. Demonstrate mathematics knowledge and skills.
    4. Use oral and written communication skills in creating, expressing and interpreting information and ideas
    5. Solve problems using critical thinking skills, creativity, and innovation
    6. Apply communication skills in a courteous, concise and correct manner on personal and professional levels.
    7. Use technology to enhance the effectiveness of communications in order to accomplish job objectives and enhance workplace performance.
    8. Practice quality performance in the learning environment and the workplace
    9. Incorporate appropriate customer service strategies to accomplish job objectives and enhance workplace performance.
    10. Perform administrative office functions and responsibilities to accomplish job objectives and enhance workplace performance.
    11. Take and successful pass the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist certification exams in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

     Class Expectations:

    BSA1 is a self-paced curriculum, students are expected to work at their own pace, however, should follow the guidelines below in order to stay on top of what is required.  The average student should complete a minimum of one chapter a week. Students are to work on their assignments in class, NOT at home.  G-Metrix the software program for practicing for the certification is part of a students grade.  Students are expected to enter the class and immediately sign on to their assigned station. Students are expected to:

    • To Be Prompt
    • To Be Prepared
    • To Be Polite
    • To Be Productive

     All assignments must be completed during designated class time unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor.  Students who do not use class time to work on assignments will not be allowed additional time. 

     Electronic devices and surfing the web are prohibited in the classroom. 

     Supplies Needed:

    • There is a $5.00 lab fee to help pay for paper and ink that the student will use throughout the school year.  Due by September 11, 2020If you are making out a check, please make it out to Dunnellon High School.   If a student does not pay the lab fee, they will be put on the debt list.
    • Students will need a notebook or folder to be used for class work.
    • Notebook paper, pens and pencils, highlighters. (Blue or black ink only)
    • Earbuds/headphones to use for specific assignments during class.

     If you are absence, you will be required to complete all assignments before moving to the next level.








    Grading Percentages:

    • Homework--10%
    • Classwork/Quizzes (Including G-Metrix)—35%
    • Tests/Projects--55%

     Class participation is VERY important in this class.


     All assignments are posted on my school webpage.  If you are absent, you should check there for what you have missed and when it is due.  Make up work will be handled in accordance with the MCSS policy listed in the Student Handbook.


    Productive Academic Work or P.A.W. Time is a 45-minute period on Thursdays and Fridays.  The time is set aside for students to work on academic issues, make up tests/quizzes, enrichment, study hall, and reading and writing skills.  This time will also be used for guidance appointments, pep rallies, college visits, etc.

    This is not a social time.  Students are expected to have something to work on.  If they don’t, teachers will be providing something academically for them to do.  Students are required to fill out completely the log book for PAW time when they leave or enter my room.


    The student must come see me Monday-Wednesday AND NO LATER than Thursday morning to retrieve a P.A.W. Pass. If the P.A.W. Pass is not planned ahead of time the student will not be permitted to leave their P.A.W. teacher's classroom to come to my room on that Thursday or Friday. THIS MUST BE PLANNED AHEAD OF TIME.


    How the P.A.W. PASS WORKS: 

    The student will show the P.A.W. Pass to their P.A.W. Time teacher and will then be released to report to my classroom for tutoring/make-up work. When the student reports to my class I will then collect their P.A.W. Pass & keep for safe record keeping as well as the student will sign in on the log sheet for documentation purposes.  

    It is the responsibility of the student to utilize P.A.W. Time.


    • When homework/classwork is assigned it is expected to be turned in on time. 
    • Late assignments will have points deducted. 
    • Work that is more than 1 week late will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.


    • Printing a copy of your work for another student.
    • Using a USB drive or any other portable device to save your work for another student to print and turn in as their work.
    • Emailing answers to another student.
    • Sharing answers with another student on any assignment, quiz, or test.
    • Plagiarism                                                                                      

    Cheating is unacceptable and students will receive a zero on each assignment that they have cheated on and they will be referred to the dean of discipline. (See student handbook concerning cheating). The teacher only allows students in designated programs. Any student who enters a program without the permission of the instructor will be referred to the dean of discipline. 



    • Each student is assigned a workstation; they are responsible to clean up their assigned areas and return all borrowed materials to their proper places.
    • The computer systems (includes CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse) are not to be altered in any way. This includes, but is not limited to adding, removing or changing icons on the desktop, defacing the desk or textbook, any part of the computer system, adding or deleting any programs, or damaging the chairs.
    • All USB drives or portable storage devices must be checked by the teacher for viruses before student plugs into a computer system.
    • No cell phones or other devices are allowed to be plugged into any outlets or computers in this lab.
    • Parents are responsible for any damage to all equipment and textbooks that the student damages.


    1. Be on time for class, in your seat with all your necessary supplies, ready to start, when the bell rings.
    2. Cell phones must be turned off and out of sight and no other electronic devices are allowed in class.
    3. Do not plug in any electronic devices into the computer or plugs in the room.  Students should save their work on the "One" drive.
    4. Do not download any programs to your school computer.  Refer to the Student's Code of Conduct.
    5. Assigned classwork and test must be completed during class time or PAW time.
    6. Earbuds or headphones should be out of sight, unless needed to complete an assignment.
    7. USB’s are NOT to be used in the computer unless cleared with the teacher.
    8. Come to class with your necessary supplies.
    9. No food, gum, candy, or drink allowed in the classroom.
    10. Work from bell to bell.
    11. Respect yourself and others.
    12. Adhere to all classroom, school, and district policies.
    13. Put your book bags in the designated area.
    14. No profanity, vulgar jesters, perfume, hair spray, hand lotions, or grooming.
    15. Being absent the day before an announced quiz or test, does not excuse the student from taking it on the assigned day.
    16. No passes during the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of class will be allowed.  Students must correctly sign out in the Restroom log book under their name.
      1. Each student has 10 restroom passes for the nine weeks.
    17. Do not lean back in the chairs.
    18. Cleanup after yourself.
    19. The teacher dismisses you, not the bell.