Course Descriptions

7th Grade Computers (taught by Mrs. Murlana Kern) 

Computer Beginners--7th Grade is a one-semester course.  Emphasis will be placed on developing keyboarding skills and building a foundation that will help them succeed in future technology classes. Time permitting other technology activities will be explored.  The student will:

  • Develop proper keyboarding skills and work toward speed and accuracy
  • Log on and off our school network server
  • Format documents correctly including:  letters, reports, and journals.
  • Create a pictures using the paint/draw applications
  • Create a simple spreadsheet and recognize its purpose
  • Create a simple database and recognize its purpose
  • Browse the Internet and recognize its use as a tool for research
  • Create a simple presentation (time permitting)

8th Grade Computers (taught by Mrs. Murlana Kern)

Computer Beginners--8th Grade is a one-semester course.  Emphasis will be placed on developing keyboarding skills and building a foundation that will help them succeed in future technology classes. Time permitting other technology activities will be explored.  The student will:

  • Improve proper keyboarding skills and continue to work toward speed and accuracy
  • Log on and off our school network server
  • Format documents correctly including:  letters, reports, and journals.
  • Create a pictures using the paint/draw applications
  • Create a simple spreadsheet and recognize its purpose
  • Create a simple database and recognize its purpose
  • Browse the Internet and recognize its use as a tool for research
  • Create a simple presentation (time permitting)

Consumer Education (taught by Mrs. Murlana Kern)

Business Essentials is a one semester course appropriate for freshmen through senior level students.  This course introduces students to financial and economic issues they will face as a consumer and citizen in our society. The student will:

  • Define the basic economic problem and describe several features of our market economy
  • Recognize the affects of supply and demand on a product by studying grain market activity
  • Analyze Risk, Financing, and Insurance
  • Identify and understand the four phases of the economic cycle
  • Use a spreadsheet to prepare a budget, a net income statement, and a statement of owner's equity
  • Discuss money management skills
  • List the steps in the buying decision process
  • Describe the rights and responsibilities of consumers
  • Recognize inflation and deflation and their effect on consumers
  • Identify and understand the four phases of the economic cycle
  • Discuss the use credit and the responsibilities associated with using it
  • Discuss the Federal Reserve System and banking regulations
  • Give examples of the variety of savings and investing plans available
  • Discuss the different types of insurance consumers must use to protect from economic loss
  • Use a spreadsheet to prepare a budget and utilize money management skills

ACCOUNTING I (taught by Mrs. Murlana Kern)

Accounting I is a one year course for juniors and seniors.  Students are introduced to accounting principles, which they will be expected to understand and use as adult consumers and employees.  Financial transactions are analyzed and recorded, and financial statements are produced.  Students are expected to learn the principles and procedures needed to begin entry-level accounting careers, to further their study of accounting, and to handle personal business applications.  Computerized accounting applications will be introduced.  Students will also be introduced to the stock market by playing an on-line stock market game during the fall and spring semester.  The student will be introduced to:

  • Careers in Accounting
  • Proprietorship Accounting
  • Partnership Accounting
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Computerized Computer Applications (Spreadsheets, Automated Accounting)
  • Analyzing Transactions into Debit/Credit parts
  • Journalizing Transactions into Journals
  • Posting Transactions to the General Ledger
  • Prepare a Worksheet
  • Prepare Financial Statements (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, etc.)
  • Prepare and Post Adjusting and Closing Entries
  • Prepare a Post Closing Trial Balance

ACCOUNTING II (taught by Mrs. Murlana Kern)

Accounting II is a one-year course for seniors who have completed Accounting I.  This advanced-course in accounting expands on topics learned in the first-year accounting course while adding new topics about management accounting, cost accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and financial analysis.  This course is designed for students interested in post-secondary accounting study or for students planning to seek an entry-level position upon graduation from high school.  Students desiring to enroll should have successfully completed the first-year accounting course and show an interest in and an understanding of accounting principles and theories.  Automated accounting and spreadsheet software are used in business simulations to develop and reinforce accounting concepts.  An on-line stock market game will be played during the fall and spring semesters.  The student will:

  • Define accounting as it relates to careers.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of accounting terminology.
  • Understand generally accepted accounting concepts, principles, and practices.
  • Apply accounting procedures using the accounting cycle for both manual and automated accounting.
  • Utilize business level accounting software

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (taught by Mrs. Murlana Kern)

Computer Applications is a one-year required course for freshmen through senior level students.  Students will develop and improve skills and build a foundation that will help them succeed in future technology classes.  The student will:

  • Learn basic hardware and software terms and functions
  • Develop Internet research skills including techniques to narrow and refine a search and recognize safety concerns associated with Internet usage
  • Improve and develop skills in word processing and document formatting
  • Prepare a presentation using slide-show software
  • Create spreadsheets and using basic and statistical formulas
  • Create databases and merge these with word processing documents
  • Learn fundamentals of a checking account record keeping system including reconciling bank statements and
  • Enter and maintain financial data using record keeping software
  • Operate the 10-key computer pad using the touch system
  • Utilize basic and advanced word processing features to create resumes and job application letters
  • Prepare for and take part in mock job interviews

Graphics Design I and Graphics Design II (taught by Mrs. Murlana Kern)

Desktop Publications is a one-year course for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Completion of computer applications is preferred, however, concurrent enrollment may be allowed on a student-by-student basis.  Desktop Publications will acquaint students with graphic design techniques, principles of page layout and design, and desktop publishing terminology.  The student will:

  • Apply principles of document design
  • Demonstrate use of software used for desktop publishing including Adobe In-Design and Adobe Photoshop
  • Develop skill in basic photography and photo composition
  • Complete photo assignments weekly
  • Apply entry level modifications to photo and graphic elements
  • Demonstrate use of graphic elements within printed documents
  • Produce and print a type-set ready document
  • Discuss copyright and publications laws
  • Discuss libel and slander laws
  • Apply marketing and record keeping skills for advertisement sales
  • Adhere to deadlines and develop time management skills
  • Work responsibly within a team/office atmosphere
  • Be an important part of compiling the history of Linn Public School by producing the annual yearbook!



General Rules and Courtesies

I am usually here from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. most days.  Please check with me if you need help or have any questions.  If you need to work on a project, please ask me the day before if you want to stay just in case I have an appointment and won’t be able to help you the night you want to stay.

1.  Bottled drinks with lids are okay.  MAKE SURE YOU THROW YOUR TRASH AWAY!

2.  The equipment is expensive.  Treat it like your own (break it and it may be.)

3.  Be respectful of others; Keep your hands to yourself!  Any form of fighting will win you a trip to the office.  Pick up after yourself—points will be deducted from your grade for papers left laying around that I or the custodian has to pick up after you.

4.  Supplies:  Notebook….Pencil or Pen…YOUR PLANNER!

5.  BE ON TIME—and come prepared to work the full class period.  Habitual tardiness will earn you detention and loafing will earn you an “F”.

6.  Computer Training is a team sport…some quiet visiting with a neighbor pertaining to the work we are doing is acceptable. Loudness or unnecessary chatter will not be tolerated as it disturbs others and disrupts concentration.  Please be thoughtful!

7.  There is to be NO downloading or installing programs on the computers because it results on a drain on our network and/or hard drive space and can bring viruses into our system. Also ask before you use any disks or drives you bring from home.

8.  No email or Internet use during regular class time unless you have free time AND permission from the teacher (that includes subs).

9.  If you bring your book bag to class it MUST be kept under the counter—NOT in the middle of the floor or on the table.

10. SPELLCHECK!!!! It will cost you points not to.

11. Cell phones are NOT allowed and your phone will be confiscated if used in class.

** In general—Read your Student Planner—all rules which are listed in the planner will be enforced in this class.

Cheating---DON’T!!!  Cheating will result in 0 points for the particular assignment(s).  If another student is involved as a “helper” in the cheating process, their points will also be reduced to 0 for the assignment(s).

Above all—Keep Smiling!

Attitude is everything!

We will have a great year if everyone understands we have a job to do and 

Keeps a positive attitude each and every day!