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Astronomy

Astronomy

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Astronomy is the study of the universe, and this in-depth course provides a detailed study of the subject. As with all MTDA courses, students should expect to spend 4 to 7 hours a week. This course is separated into eight units. Each unit will include a detailed reading assignment, a video segment, a quiz, and a hands-on do-it-yourself laboratory experiment. The course is designed for students that have 9th/10th-grade reading level or better to navigate the text-based lessons.

Prerequisites:

Algebra I

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/astronomy

Required Materials:

Most materials are common household products or can be borrowed from teachers at the school you are attending such as metric rulers, tape, index cards, balance scales, and possibly even sand.  Some materials you may need to find at a local dollar store if you don’t have them at home such as a balloon for the expanding universe lab.  Each lab has a materials list which you will need to get together for each unit.  For a complete list of needed materials please click here.

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):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first-come, first-serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Jaret Stump, Glacier High School, jaret.stump@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Veterinary-Science

Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well-being. Taking a look at the pets that live in our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times…we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/vetscience

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):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first come, first serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Kaylee Fox, Kalispell Public Schools, kaylee.fox@montanadigitalacademy.org

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AP-Biology

AP® Biology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

AP Biology is a course designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. This course follows the AP curriculum and prepares students for the AP Biology exam in May. It is designed to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process. Essential to this conceptual understanding are a grasp of science as a process, personal experience in inquiry, application of major topics, critical thinking, and environmental and social concerns through research.

Prerequisites:

  • Students should have successfully completed high school courses in biology and chemistry.
  • Advanced Placement courses are open to all high school students, but students should be prepared for college-level work and have strong reading, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Access the site link below to view the PDF of the course description from the College Board: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-biology?course=ap-biology

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/apbiology

Required Materials:

TEXTBOOK REQUIREMENTS:

  • All students must have access to the content from the course textbook: Campbell BIOLOGY (10th Ed.), by Reece et al. An online eBook will be provided for students. Students wishing to have a hard-copy textbook must purchase their own.

LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS:

  • All students are required to have and use a laboratory notebook (quad-ruled) as evidence of completed work. This may be needed upon applying for college credit.
  • Several take-home labs will require students to use common household items, with some additional grocery-store-type items being required as well.

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
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Jessica Henze, Deer Lodge Schools, jessica.henze@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Health-Occupations

Health Occupations

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This Career and Technical course provides an overview of what it means to be a health care professional. Students will explore the topics of history and trends of medicine, professionalism, leadership skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, communication, cultural diversity, health care systems, medical math, and infection control as they relate to health care. Additionally, students will research and reflect on the compatibility of various health care professions with their personal traits and goals for the future.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/healthoccupations

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: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Angela Hammang, Billings Career Center,  angela.hammanga@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Microsoft-Office

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:  

http://mtda.link/microsoftoffice

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

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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
Summer: available Summer 2022

Lead Teacher:

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

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Coding-for-Web-Design

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

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Joy-Beauty-of-Computer-Science

Computer Science I: Joy and Beauty of Computing (Dual Credit with Helena College)

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:

None, Junior/Senior standing recommended

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

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Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Course Length:

One semester course

Course Description:

Do you dream of owning your own business?  This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need to own and operate a successful business of your own.  Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services.  Students will also learn more about the regulations that apply to business, marketing products and services, and the legal and ethical guidelines that govern businesses.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/entrepreneurship

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 PowerPoint access

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first come, first serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Travis Crawford, Charles M. Russell High School, Great Falls, MT travis.crawford@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Sports-Entertainment-Marketing

Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Have you ever wished to play sports professionally? Have you dreamed of one day becoming an agent for a celebrity entertainer? If you answered yes to either question, then, believe it or not, you’ve been fantasizing about entering the exciting world of sports and entertainment marketing. Although this particular form of marketing bears some resemblance to traditional marketing, there are many differences as well—including a lot more glitz and glamour! In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry. You’ll learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well-known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result. If you’ve ever wondered about how things work behind the scenes of a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl or even entertained the idea of playing a role in such an event, then this course will introduce you to the fundamentals of such a career.

Prerequisites:

None

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/sportsentandmarket

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):

This course has limited enrollment availability and is first come, first serve. This limit is firm.

Fall: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Spring: semester available with limited enrollment availability
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Kacie Perkins, Powell County High School, kasey.perkins@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

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