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Business And Computer Studies

In the Business and Computer Science department we offer a selection of courses from the Business Studies, Computer Studies and Technological Education curriculum. To refer to the Ministry  documents visit the Ministry of Education web site.
Our courses provide a powerful complement to any program of study (e.g., Science, Arts, Humanities, Music) or can be studied as an area of concentration in preparation for College and University programs in Business and Technology. When chosen as an area of concentration by successfully completing 5 COURSES, students qualify for the Business Certificate of Concentration upon graduation from Michael Power. This TCDSB granted certificate makes a valuable addition to a student portfolio or resume package when applying for employment or post-secondary programs.
Please explore our courses by clicking on the direction signs on the right.
If you would like to meet us in person, please feel free to visit the Business & Computer Science office in Room 1263. We will be happy to answer your questions in person or point you in the right direction.

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Why take Business Studies courses in high school?

It's difficult to dive into college businesses classes without much of a background. In nearly every other basic subject--English, math, science, language--students have had a pretty thorough preparation by the time they graduate from high school. In most cases they hit the ground running in college with a solid foundation in basic skills so that they can start tackling more complex theories and higher-level concepts.
It's rarely that way in business classes, however. Students have so little preparation; they're usually starting from scratch, learning the most basic ideas. Yet, imagine the advantage that these future business leaders would have if they had the chance to develop business skills early on in their education. I think it's never too early to introduce students to business concepts. High school would be the perfect place to start!

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Please check out our power point presentation on why you should take Communication and Technology Courses in Business​ Communication and Technology in Business PP.ppsxCommunication and Technology in Business PP.ppsx ​​


Why take Computer Studies courses?

There are many great reasons to study computer science. Here are only a few:
  • Computer science is the foundation of the information revolution, which has transformed society in fundamental ways. 
  • Computerization has resulted in an ever-increasing range of applications, touching every aspect of daily life.
  • Computer science is a fast-evolving, high technology field of wide impact.  Your studies will be exciting and will lead to challenging and rewarding careers.
  • In recent years, computer science has expanded to cover very diverse activities in fields such as the physical and biological sciences, engineering, finance, the humanities, and fine arts.
  • Both Canadian and U.S. labour statistics point to significant growth in job prospects in information technologies in the next decade.
  • Computer science graduates will have many job options, as their numbers will fall far short of projected demands.
  • High school students who start their computer science programs in 2008 will be graduating in a very healthy job market in 2012-2013.
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Grade 11


This course introduces students to the use of accounting in business. Students will study various types of businesses and ways in which accounting procedures are applied in the analysis of transactions and the preparation of financial statements.

Grade 11 University/College


This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting, with emphasis on accounting procedures used in service and merchandising businesses. Students will develop an understanding of the connections between financial analysis, internal control and the effective management of a company’s cash flow.

Grade 12 University/College


This course caters to those who wish to pursue further studies in the area of Commerce and Finance at the university level. It provides the student with an in-depth study of accounting principles and procedures used by businesses and the analysis of financial data. Prerequisite: BAF3M1

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Information & Communication Technology in Business


Grade 9 & 10 Open


This course introduces students to the use of information technology for business as well as personal use. Students will become proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher), Microsoft Works and learn how to make simple web pages using Dreamweaver.

Grade 11 Open

BTA 301

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the information technology work environment, using industry-standard software and investigate e-business. This course acts as a terrific complement to the BTT 10 course.

Entrepreneurial Studies

 Grade 12 College


This course provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply entrepreneurial skills through the creation of a venture plan that capitalizes on the potential of e-commerce. Students will research and identify an opportunity for a venture and then complete the components of a venture plan that includes a website.








Introduction to Business


Grade 10 Open


Students will understand of the functions of business: accounting, marketing, information and communication technology, human resources, and production, and the importance of ethics and social responsibility.

Computer Studies & Technology


Grade 10 Open

TEJ2O1: Computer Engineering Technology

Explore the world of computer technology and robotics! In this course you will learn not only about the evolution of the computer industry, but also about how the computer works. You will learn how to program a computer to solve problems and then use what you have learned to program robotic cars.

Grade 11 Workplace


Do you like taking things apart? In this course, you’ll have a chance to take a computer apart and place it back together again. You’ll also learn some basic troubleshooting and maintenance skills for working with simple networks and computer systems. There will be lots of hands-on activities including: removing and installing computer components, assembling networks and building and programming robots.

Grade 11 University

ICS3U1: Introduction to Computer Science

Java anyone? What is Java?
• A fantastic coffee
• A Polynesian Island
• A Secret Internet Society
Come find out why this programming language is number 1 in the computer world.

Grade 11 College

ICS3C1: Introduction to Computer Programming

Same as above, but assignments will be different.

Grade 12 University


In a world that is increasingly influenced and governed with technology, learn what the programming gurus know and do with Java code. This course is a continuation of the percolating Grade 11 Java course. Don’t be left behind!
Prerequisite: ICS3M1/ICS3U1



Grade 12 University


This course explores the choices that individuals and societies make about the use of resources in a competitive global economy. Students will use economic concepts and models, as well as methods of economic inquiry, to analyze current economic issues and make informed economic choices based on their analysis.



Grade 11 Workplace


This course acquaints students with their rights and obligations under the law. Course topics include: legal history, criminal and civil law, court systems, employment, family, and tort law, young offenders and contracts

Grade 12 University


This course explores elements of Canadian law and the role of law in social, political and global contexts. Students will learn about the connections between historical and philosophical sources of law and issues in contemporary society. They will also learn to analyze legal issues, conduct independent research, and communicate the results of inquiries in a variety of ways.