Applied Skills

Course Descriptions

Accounting 11

Do you want to keep the daily accounting records of a business? Or become a business owner or office manager who won’t be embarrassed or mystified when others start talking about debits and credits or discussing financial statements? Do you want to become a professional accountant?
Learn how to record the daily transactions of a business using the rules of accounting and convert this data into useful financial statements. This course shows you how to prepare and analyze statements. It is an Applied Skill where you will learn how to create business forms (balance sheet, income statements), keep track of a company’s profits, and how to understand basic financial information.

Course Plan: Accounting 11

Business Computer Applications 11

This course is designed to develop skills and attitudes that will be useful in the business world.

Topics include;
Unit 1 – Netiquette and keyboard proficiency
Unit 2 – Software applications which include creating; word processing, charting, spreadsheets, presentations and data bases
Unit 3 – Digital Portfolio and blogging
Unit 4 – Social Media – social networking and business
Unit 5 – Putting it all together

Businesses use a wide variety of equipment that requires a basic level of technical skill to operate. Using a variety of software, you will develop your understanding of business information systems and improve your keyboard proficiency, critical-thinking abilities, and entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills. Business Computer Applications 11 will give you the technical tools to succeed in the business world.

Course Plan: Business Computer Applications 11

Career Life Education 10 (replaces Planning 10)

This is a required course for all Grade 10 students. The focus of this course is to help students become informed decision makers, and to develop an understanding of personal responsibility regarding their health, finances, education and career.

Course Plan: Career Life Education 10

Other Important Information: Effective June 2018, students must complete Career Life Education or L’Education A La Vie Professionnelle 10 in order to satisfy provincial graduation requirements. In order to take this course during the school year or during the summer, you must have completed grade 9.

L’Éducation À La Vie Professionnelle 10 (replaces Planification 10)

Career Life Education 10 for French Immersion students. This course will be taught in French. Career Life Education 10 allows students to develop the skills of long term planning and personal responsibility for their learning. Students follow a curriculum that includes elements of planning, health and personal development, and career development . Students also complete a organizer on personal financial literacy. This provides an introduction to major work that is part of their gradation program such as their Graduation Portfolio and a requirement that students participate in a minimum of 30 hours of work experience or community service.

Course Plan: L’Éducation À La Vie Professionnelle 10

Entrepreneurship 12 – Building Business

This course has been developed with a collaborative effort between SFU and the Burnaby School District. It is a great opportunity to experience the caliber and learning process of a course that has been developed by a university level professor. In this course you will learn what entrepreneurship is; as well, some concepts and ideas on innovation and creativity. You will understand what a business plan is and why it is important. Other topics will include social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

Course Objectives –
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
Explain the difference between being an entrepreneur and a business owner
Determine the skills required to be a successful entrepreneur.
Assess the components of a business and what makes a business work.
Demonstrate your ability to problem solve and think creatively.

Computer Science 12 AP

This is a university-level option open to students who have demonstrated strong skills and knowledge in programming. Students will prepare throughout the year for an international exam written in May of their academic year. Successful students can receive advanced placement or credit at universities around the world. Applicants should have a B or higher in ICT 11 and Principles of Math 11.

This course requires you to be pre-approved before registering. Complete the AP Computer Science application form
(click here) and fax it to our office at 604-296-6941

Family Studies 12

The aim of the Family Studies courses is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will assist them in making informed decisions related to parenting, adolescence, adulthood, family and interpersonal relationships, and housing and living environments. This course focuses on issues and transitions of early, middle, and late adulthood. Topics include family structures, lifestyle choices, marriage preparation, parenting, mid-life crisis and aging.

Course Plan: Family Studies 12

Global and Intercultural Experience 12 (NEW)
Registration opens in June, course starts in September 2018

Global and Intercultural Experience is an exciting NEW online course in Burnaby for senior (Grade 10-12) students, and part of a Provincial effort to prepare BC students to thrive within today’s globalized environment. This is a hands-on course that gives students the opportunity to act as peer helpers to newly arrived Burnaby international students. The course will combine face-to-face training on becoming a global peer helper with online discussions to support students to successfully navigate culture. Students will explore the impact of culture on our daily interactions as well as develop their intercultural communication skills. Such knowledge and skills are highly sought after by today’s employers as well as post-secondary schools. Universities Canada, which represents universities such as UBC, McGill and University of Toronto, recently emphasized the need for “our next generation of leaders and innovators to have core global competencies, including knowledge of business culture, language skills, and intercultural competence.”

Course Plan: Global and Intercultural Experience 12

Information Communication Technology 12 – Modular Survey

Today’s students must be able to effectively use technology to research, organize, create, and evaluate information. This course provides a foundation in the skills and concepts that define computer literacy in the 21st century. From the basics of keyboarding to Internet research techniques, document creation, digital citizenship and a comprehensive introduction to the essentials of Web design: creating page layouts to coding with CSS and JavaScript to create a complete Web site. You’ll practice essential skills through hands-on projects.

Course Plan: ICT 12 Modular Survey

Suggested pre-requisite: basic computer literacy

Information Communication Technology 12 – Programming

ICT12 emphasizes is object-oriented programming methodology with an emphasis on problem solving, algorithm development and data structures and abstraction. It is meant to be an introductory course to programming in Java.

Course Plan: ICT 12 Programming

Pre-requisites: As such there are no prerequisites but a guideline below may be helpful when choosing students for this course.

  • Math 11 with a C+ or greater
  • Information and Communications Technologies 11 with a B or greater


Tourism 12

The Tourism Curriculum has been developed to ensure consistency and accountability in both the preparation and early training for students entering careers in Tourism, which is a significant economic driver in the province of BC. Through Tourism courses, students have the opportunity to learn and practise employability skills, as well as the technical and applied skills relating to specific occupations in this diversified career field. The Five Recognized Sectors of Tourism are: Accommodations, Recreation & Entertainment, Food & Beverage Services, Travel Services and Transportation

Course Plan: Tourism 12

Independent Directed Studies (available for Grade 10, 11 and 12)

Independent Directed Studies provide opportunities to pursue learning outcomes that extend beyond those normally taught in the classroom and/or to study independently of the classroom schedule. Independent directed studies are initiated by students, conducted under the supervision of a teacher. These studies must be based on one or more learning outcomes in the provincial or locally developed curriculum.

Please email Deirdre Moore at to discuss and arrange for approval of your desired program prior to registering.

Course Plan: Student developed under Teacher supervision