Technology & Design: Course Descriptions

Semester Overview

MNCAPS AP Computer Science A
Grades: 11-12
Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra and Geometry
Location: Off Campus – MNCAPS
Year-long course
This course fulfills the elective requirement for graduation

The Advanced Placement program (AP) provides high school students with the opportunity to take college level coursework and exams while still in high school, with each course culminating in a rigorous, optional exam to earn potential college credit. AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to develop the study skills, habits of mind, and critical thinking skills that they will need in college.

Course Description:
This course is the study of object-oriented programming methodology with an emphasis on problem solving and algorithm development. It also includes the study of data structures and abstraction. The primary units of study include control statements, using classes and objects, arrays, recursion, data structures, coding, programming, and JAVA. The students will demonstrate learning through written programs, homework assignments, tests, projects, and the AP Computer Science A test in May.

MNCAPS Graphic Design
Grades: 11-12
Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
Prerequisite: None
Location: Off Campus
Semester-long course
This course fulfills the Arts requirement for graduation.

Course Description:
This course is the study of various design concepts that allow a thought, idea or message to be effectively communicated in print, web, or multimedia. The primary units of study include a historical overview, technological advances, common applications, basic design principles, layout and advertising concepts, typographical creativity, common tools and measuring systems of graphic design. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, projects, presentations, and participation.

MNCAPS Interpersonal Communications
Grades: 11-12
Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
Prerequisite: None
Location: Off Campus
Semester-long course
This course fulfills the Speech elective requirement for graduation.

Course Description:
This course is the study of speech and communication skill in regards to examining and developing effective interpersonal communication interaction with others in different relationships and in various communication contexts. The primary units of study include communication theory, self-concept, perceptions, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, self-disclosure, assertiveness, emotions, listening, conflict, and relationships. The students will demonstrate learning through speeches, presentations, projects, and verbal and nonverbal communication with mentors, teachers, students, and other experts in the field of study.

 

MNCAPS AP Computer Science A
Grades: 11-12
Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra and Geometry
Location: Off Campus – MNCAPS
Year-long course
This course fulfills the elective requirement for graduation

The Advanced Placement program (AP) provides high school students with the opportunity to take college level coursework and exams while still in high school, with each course culminating in a rigorous, optional exam to earn potential college credit. AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to develop the study skills, habits of mind, and critical thinking skills that they will need in college.

Course Description:
This course is the study of object-oriented programming methodology with an emphasis on problem solving and algorithm development. It also includes the study of data structures and abstraction. The primary units of study include control statements, using classes and objects, arrays, recursion, data structures, coding, programming, and JAVA. The students will demonstrate learning through written programs, homework assignments, tests, projects, and the AP Computer Science A test in May.

 

MNCAPS Web Design & Development
Grades: 11-12
Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
Prerequisite: None
Location: Off Campus
Semester-long course
This course fulfills the Arts requirement for graduation.

Course Description:
This course is the study of various tools web designers use to produce effective website that meet industry demands. Students will plan, design, and develop a basic website utilizing HTML (hypertext markup language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) according to W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards. The primary units of study include asset management, image optimization, web hosting, site planning, HTML, CSS, formatting, design, website design and construction. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, projects, presentations, and participation.

MNCAPS Technical Writing
Grades: 11-12
Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
Prerequisite: None
Location: Off Campus
Semester-long course
This course fulfills the English 11 or English elective credit.

Course Description:
This course is the study of effective technical writing techniques through various writing styles, audience analysis, ethics, intercultural issues, documentation of sources, reports and proposals. The primary units of study include the technical writing process, audience, rhetorical strategies, intercultural relations, accuracy and relevance, persuasion, and conventions. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, reports, projects, presentations, and participation.