Integrated Technology Courses

Manufacturing and Construction

Introduction to Architecture

Introduction to Architecture is an introductory level course that will study the skills required to properly design a house and plan a structure. Students will study the concepts, skills, and attitudes about designing and building a residential structure referred to as a “dream house.” Building materials, landscape and exterior design for a structure are also addressed. Students will develop an appreciation for the responsibilities and work of a contractor and services of an architect. Students will develop a set of working drawings, by using drafting techniques and Auto Cad, and will construct a scaled model of their “dream house.” Students will also study contractual and engineering specifications for the structure.

  • Course Number: 804      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: None

Construction: Building and Materials

Construction: Building and Materials is an introductory course that will give students a “hands on” experience with building materials, construction techniques, tools and equipment utilized in industry to build a structure on a site.

Students will simulate activities performed by contractors, subcontractors, and laborers as they prepare a site, build a foundation, frame a structure, and finish the exterior and interior details of the structure. The course will also address issues dealing with home maintenance, plumbing, and electricity.

  • Course Number: 802      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $25

Additional: None

 

Introduction to Drafting/CAD

Drafting conventions and drawing techniques will be taught through sketching and instrument drawing. The course will cover such areas as:

– Drafting and Drawing techniques

– Proper use of drafting tools and equipment

– Lettering and dimensioning practices

– Multi-view (orthographic) drawings

– Pictorial (isometric) drawings

– Designing, drafting, and construction of three-dimensional models

– Introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) and 3D modeling

This course is designed to provide students with basic design, drafting, integrated math and science skills along with the ability to conceptualize objects in 2D and 3D.

  • Course Number: 808      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $25

Additional: None

Computer Science and Information Technologies

Information Technology Fundamentals

Information Technology (IT) Fundamentals is a computer science foundational course designed for students to acquire the necessary IT skills for their chosen careers. This course will expose students to all areas of IT that are needed in the world of work. The curriculum will introduce students to a variety of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware.

  • Course Number: 832     
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $15

Additional: None

Introduction to IT Engineering

This practical, hands-on course in integrated problem solving covers common hardware and software solutions for mobile technologies, Macintosh and Windows based PCs. The course focuses on the following:

– Apple iOS and Android platforms

– MAC and Windows PC platforms

– Mobile device repair

Students investigate the most frequent difficulties found in specific applications. An emphasis is placed on the best solution to the most common work interruptions caused by software and hardware conflicts. Issues including printing, viruses, lost files, surge protection, extensions/drivers, and hardware and software installation are also covered. Students should have a desire to learn how to solve integrated computer problems and the ability to attend to detail.]

  • Course Number: 838      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: None

Tech Guru

Students help the school and community through service to the Media Center and the district’s one-to-one technology program.  This course has an application, which may be filled out online at this link.

  • Course Number: 830      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: None
AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory programming course in the PLTW Computer Science Pathway and engages students in the creative aspects of the field by allowing them to develop computational artifacts based on their interests. Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems and will discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The creation of computer applications is integral to this process.

  • Course Number: 845AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits:  1          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $20

Additional: students eligible for free/reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers

 

 

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science A serves as the last step on the PLTW Computer Science pathway, emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language at an advanced level. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. This advanced computer science course introduces students to college-level computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing.

  • Course Number: 846AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits:  1          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $20

Additional: students eligible for free/reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers; students must have successfully completed their Algebra I requirements and have significant math prowess.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an introductory course on the PLTW Computer Science pathway and introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities.

This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely.

  • Course Number: 827      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits:  1          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $20

Additional: None

 

Fundamentals of Web Development

Engineering

Project Lead The Way - Engineering Courses

Honors Introduction to Engineering Design

The first in a four-course sequence in the national Project Lead the Way curriculum. Introduction to Engineering Design teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Students use design and modeling software to solve engineering problems and create innovative product applications. 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.

  • Course Number: 839H   
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $35

Additional: PLTW and CTE end-of-course exams required

Honors Principles of Engineering

This course will introduce students to fundamental engineering concepts and scientific principles associated with engineering design applications. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics.

Additionally, students will learn material properties and electrical, control and fluid power systems. Students will learn to apply problem solving, research and design skills to create solutions to engineering challenges.

  • Course Number: 840H   
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $35

Additional: PLTW and CTE end-of-course exams required

Honors Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation.

  • Course Number: 846H   
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits:  1          
  • Grade: 11th preferred           
  • Fees: $35

Additional: PLTW and CTE end-of-course exams required

Honors Digital Electronics

From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design.  Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

  • Course Number: 841H   
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $25

Additional: PLTW and CTE end-of-course exams required

Engineering Design and Development

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post­secondary program or career.

This is the capstone course for students in the Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering program

  • Course Number: 843      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 11th preferred           
  • Fees: $35

Additional: Credit in Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Digital Electronics or CIM (preferred); course is weighted through an articulation agreement

Engineering Technology

Introduction to Engineering Technology

Introduction to Engineering Technology is a one-semester course that will expose students to many different areas of technology. Students will be using more machines and technology than used in Junior High.  Topics that may be included/incorporated are: power and energy – physics, simple machines, fluid power systems, robotics and mechanical devices; manufacturing materials and processes, STEM-like project construction using manufacturing processes in the areas of woodworking, metal work, plastics, and computer controlled machines. Civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical concepts are applied in the lab through critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the design and construction of their projects.

  • Course Number: 824      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: None

 

Advanced Engineering Technology

Advanced Engineering Technology is a one semester course in which students will continue to learn and master the different areas of power/energy, manufacturing, and engineering technologies learned in the introductory class. The students will be expected to research and design several working projects and to make a full set of plans for these problems.

Students will also be exposed to CNC mills, CNC lathes, robotics, and other supplemental activities.  By incorporating integrated math, science and technology activities students will be able to develop an understanding to advanced engineering concepts. Students will build on previous understanding from 824 and extend into understanding material manipulation and Engineering Design and by incorporating integrated math, science and technology activities students will be able to develop an understanding to advanced engineering concepts.

  • Course Number: 826      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: Credit in Introduction to Engineering Technology required

Multimedia Technologies

Multimedia Tech Prep 1 & 2

Multimedia is a hands-on program using the latest technology to give students the academic and technical skills needed to create Web sites, take great pictures, construct animations, produce excellent videos and design eye-catching graphics.  Students will learn to express their creativity as they collaborate, think critically, and communicate with other students to create digital experiences. In our increasingly digital age, these skills are becoming essential for anyone in business.  Multimedia is designed to give students a head-start.

Offered through a partnership with Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, this is a 2-year program that meets for 2 periods each day, and thus counts for 2 high school credits each year, along with several college credits.  For more information about this program, including answers to frequently asked questions, a portfolio of student work, highlights of successful student projects, and updates on what graduates are doing now, please visit the program’s website at this link.

  • Course Numbers: 834 & 836       
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 2                            
  • Grade: 11-12     
  • Fees: None

Additional: See counselor for application; course is offered at PHSN, but available to PHSC students as well

Introduction to Video and Television Broadcasting

This is an introductory level course for students interested in the areas of video and motion pictures. Students will learn the basic operation of video cameras, and non-linear editing systems. Using the latest technologies including mobile devices, students will develop an understanding in the following areas:

– studio setup and set design

– television, film, and radio industries

– script writing, lighting, advertising

– other aspects of the broadcasting and motion picture industries

  • Course Number: 813      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-11                       
  • Fees: $15

Additional: None

Advanced Video and Television Broadcasting

The student will develop an understanding of the motion picture industry by creating short films and special effects using the latest technologies including mobile devices. Students will also experience the television and cable industries through the production of a half hour program to be aired weekly on all three local cable companies. Students will be expected to work in many different areas of broadcast production. Students are expected to complete work outside of class and may be required to travel around the school district during class time or after school.

This is an advanced level course that builds on the experience and background information from the Introduction to Video course. These students will be involved with the actual production of the video announcements. Students will work in all areas of broadcasting production, including camera operation, audio, post-production editing, studio setup and design, script writing, and stage lighting.

Using the latest technology, students will be exposed to real world scenarios related to produce every aspect of broadcast production, from transmitting, recording, editing and distribution, to how a studio works

  • Course Number: 823      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $15

Additional: Credit in Introduction to Video and Television Broadcasting required