Category: CTE: Business Education

Computer Science I: Joy and Beauty of Computing High School Credit

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to teach you to think like a computer scientist. This way of thinking combines some of the best features of mathematics, engineering, and natural science. Like mathematicians, computer scientists use formal languages to denote ideas (specifically computations). Like engineers, they design things, assembling components into systems and evaluating tradeoffs among alternatives. Like scientists, they observe the behavior of complex systems, form hypotheses, and test predictions. The single most important skill for a computer scientist is problem-solving. Problem-solving means the ability to formulate problems, think creatively about solutions, and express a solution clearly and accurately. As it turns out, the process of learning to program is an excellent opportunity to practice problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites:

Intended for incoming high school junior or senior students

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/computerscience

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires the following:

Online Learning Resources (No Textbook Required)

  • Learning with Python: Interactive Edition (Using Python 3.x) – site . Links to the sections that you will be required to read are provided as part of the activities for the class. The on-line textbook contains more than will be covered in the class.
  • Python 3.x Tutorial – site . This is an additional resource to use when using Python.

Mandatory Software Download

  • Python 3.x with the IDLE editor – site

This course requires students to have access to desktop development platforms.  ChromeOS/Chromebooks are not compatible with this course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Buffy Smith, Helena School District, buffy.smith@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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Video Production

Course Length:

One Semester

Course Description: 

The course is structured so as to have students experience the entire filmmaking process from idea to completion. Learn the fundamentals of crafting a script, shot designing a scene, capturing sound, the basics of cinematography, and cinematic techniques through various tried-and-true exercises. No prior video experience is required.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Video Production Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

All required materials are provided in the course.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Free Open Source Video Editing Software: Davinci Resolve https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve
Access to privately upload video assignments to YouTube for instructor review
This course requires students to have access to desktop development platforms.  ChromeOS/Chromebooks are not compatible with this course.

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Paul Furthmyre, paul.furthmyre@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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Cybersecurity

NEW FALL 2022!

Course Length:

one-semester course

Course Description:

Cybersecurity lays a foundation for understanding networking technology basics, risk assessment, cryptography, and a variety of cybersecurity tools – all the essential knowledge and skills needed to begin a future in the cybersecurity workforce. Delving into a variety of topics within the course seeks to demystify the technological world and provide opportunities for further learning.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Computer Science or IT Fundamentals (Background knowledge of IT fundamentals and/or computer science)

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Cybersecurity Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

There are no required materials needed for this class.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher: 

Diane Marsh, Columbia Falls, diane.marsh@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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Google Workspace Career Tech

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the Google Workspace suite of applications and tools. Programs covered include Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides with the goal of using them as a learning and workflow tool. In addition, students will work in Typing.com to improve their overall typing skills with a focus on speed and accuracy.

Prerequisites:

Students should have basic tech-savvy.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Google Workspace Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Students must have access to a Google Workplace account for assignments that allows access to publicly shared documents from the montanadigitalacademy.org and mtda.org.  Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Microsoft Works, iWork, and alternatives are not supported for this course.  MTDA does not provide student access to Google Workspace accounts.  MTDA does not recommend that districts have students create personal accounts for the purpose of completing this course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Cindy Schultz, Sentinel High School Missoula, cindy.schultz@montanadigitalacadeny.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Photoshop Introduction

Photoshop Introduction

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the world of Adobe Photoshop. Students will get an insight into what it is like working in the visual and graphic design industry. Over 11 modules, students will learn everything from absolute basics like navigating Photoshop to performing complex tasks like editing and retouching photos, applying filters and effects, and even creating original artwork. The course contains guided, do-it-yourself projects, and great resources that will help students practice and learn how to work in Photoshop.

Prerequisites:

none

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Photoshop Introduction Public Syllabus

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Required Materials:

Access to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge Creative Cloud on a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop is a minimum requirement to this course.  MTDA does not provide access to this software so please confirm you have access via your school or personal access before you enroll in the course. You are not required to purchase any books for this course.

Photoshop is a powerful processing/robust software program. Please review the minimum system requirements to run Photoshop on your own computer before you sign up for a Creative Cloud subscription.

Bridge is a powerful creative asset manager that lets you preview, organize, edit and publish multiple creative assets quickly and easily. Please review the minimum system requirements to run Bridge on your computer before you sign up for a Creative Cloud subscription.

You must also always back up your work to multiple storage devices. You may also want to purchase an external hard drive for backing up your work. You can also use Google Drive, Dropbox, or Adobe Creative Cloud Files to backup and store your files

Recommended Materials:

A graphics tablet is also strongly recommended when working in Photoshop. 

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

At least two current (most recent update) web browsers from the following list:

Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Apple Safari (MAC)

This course does not support Chromebooks.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Cindy Schultz, Sentinel High School, cindy.schultz@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Hospitality and Tourism Marketing

Course Length: 

One semester

Course Description: 

Where is your dream travel destination? Now imagine working there! You’ll be introduced to a thriving industry that caters to the needs of travelers through managing hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, resorts, theme parks, and any other kind of hospitality you can imagine. Operating busy tourist locations, creating marketing around leisure and travel, spotting trends, and planning events are just a few of the key aspects you will explore within this exciting field.

Prerequisites:

none

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Nicole Bogunovich, Billings West High School, nicole.bogunovich@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Microsoft® Office

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the Microsoft Office (Course supports learning in Office 2007, 2010, 2013 or Mac 2011) suite of applications and tools. Programs covered include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel with the goal of using them as a learning and workflow tool. In addition, students will work in Typing.com to improve their overall typing skills with a focus on speed and accuracy.

Prerequisites:

Students should have basic tech-savvy.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Microsoft Office Career Technology Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires Microsoft Office 2016 or newer.  Google Workplace, OpenOffice, Microsoft Works, iWork, and alternatives are not supported.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Jareth Wilson, Flathead Public Schools, jareth.wilson@montanadigitalacadeny.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Personal-Finance

Personal Finance

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Personal Finance is a course designed to help students understand the impact of individual choices on occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real-world topics covered will include income, money management, spending, and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets; simulate the use of checking and saving accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundation of understanding for making informed personal financial decisions.

Prerequisites:

Students should have basic high school math skills.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/personalfinance

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires the following:

Audio capability is helpful and recommended.

Students must be able to access http://www.moneyskill.org/ Money Skill is an online reality-based personal financial course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Rebecca Bates, Columbia Falls High School, rebecca.bates@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Coding for Web Design

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This project-based course is an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites.  Students will learn about netiquette, copyright, and how to critically evaluate website quality. Students will learn how to plan, design, and create web pages in a WYSIWYG program, HTML coding, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript.  Students will learn how to resize images, the function of pixels, image optimization, image filters, create navigation bars, and how to test and publish websites.

Prerequisites:

Students should be familiar with operating systems, web browsers, managing files and folders, downloading software and file extensions.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Coding for Web Design Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

At least two current (most recent update) web browsers from the following list:

Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Apple Safari (MAC)

Common Plugins:
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Acrobat Reader

One of the following Text Editors:
Notepad (included in all versions of Microsoft Windows )
Notepad++ (Windows)
TextEdit (MAC) (included in all versions of MAC Computers)
TextWrangler (MAC)

Web Authoring Software:
BlueGriffon
(Note: if you have access to Adobe Dreamweaver, you can use this)

Graphic Software:
GIMP
(Note: if you have access to Adobe Photoshop, you can use this)

FTP Software:
We will be using an FTP program, Cyberduck, to transfer web pages from a server to a user’s browser. You will need to download this program on your computer.
Cyberduck (FTP Program) – free and works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

This course does not support Chromebooks.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Cindy Schultz, Sentinel High School, cindy.schultz@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

CSCI107 – Computer Science I: Joy and Beauty of Computing Dual Credit

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to teach you to think like a computer scientist. This way of thinking combines some of the best features of mathematics, engineering, and natural science. Like mathematicians, computer scientists use formal languages to denote ideas (specifically computations). Like engineers, they design things, assembling components into systems and evaluating tradeoffs among alternatives. Like scientists, they observe the behavior of complex systems, form hypotheses, and test predictions. The single most important skill for a computer scientist is problem-solving. Problem-solving means the ability to formulate problems, think creatively about solutions, and express a solution clearly and accurately. As it turns out, the process of learning to program is an excellent opportunity to practice problem-solving skills.

This course is offered with a dual-credit option with Helena College.

Prerequisites:

Intended for incoming high school junior or senior students

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/computerscience

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires the following:

Online Learning Resources (No Textbook Required)

  • Learning with Python: Interactive Edition (Using Python 3.x) – site . Links to the sections that you will be required to read are provided as part of the activities for the class. The on-line textbook contains more than will be covered in the class.
  • Python 3.x Tutorial – site . This is an additional resource to use when using Python.

Mandatory Software Download

  • Python 3.x with the IDLE editor – site

This course requires students to have access to desktop development platforms.  ChromeOS/Chromebooks are not compatible with this course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Buffy Smith, Helena School District, buffy.smith@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815