Business/Computer Science

Computer Science 

The goal of the Computer Science Department is to prepare students for success in a world where technological innovations have transformed the way we live, work and communicate. Computational thinking skills or determining ways to address life utilizing technology are a must! ALL students are required to complete our Computer Science Essentials (CSE)-PLTW (Project Lead the Way) course prior to graduation. All other computer science courses are electives. Incoming freshmen, with a few exceptions, are to enroll in CSE-PLTW. Exceptions to this policy are those students enrolled in our Engineering-PLTW program (the CSE-PLTW requirement is waived for those students) and those with scheduling conflicts who will be required to take the course prior to the end of their sophomore year. Any student who completes all four computer courses annotated with an asterisk will have completed the national PLTW Computer Science pathway.


The Business Departmental goal, within this curriculum, is to enable students to evolve into intelligent participants in an ever-changing world, and to increase student awareness of the global community. This curriculum provides a daily life business perspective from a consumer orientation. We enable students to become educated, productive and contributing individuals in a global society.
  • Introduction to Business

    This course will expose the students to many functions of modern business, such as how a changing society and the type of decisions made will impact their daily lives. The students will also be exposed to the multitude of career fields that exist in the areas of business and the role that each plays in modern society. Topics such as business environment, management, organization, marketing, law, personal finance and accounting will be discussed in an introductory manner. Upon completion of this course, students may then choose to select a more in-depth offering from the available courses in the Business Education curriculum.

    OPEN to sophomore, juniors and seniors.
  • Economics

    Designed to introduce the concept of free enterprise and how the American economic system operates. Students will be taught the foundations of economic principles as well as the application of those principles. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and interpretation of economic principles. This course is a vital building block for any student hoping to pursue a career in Business or Economics.

    OPEN to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Personal Finance

    This course is designed to prepare students to manage their own finances and avoid the many financial dangers that face all consumers. Areas of focus are banking credit, insurance, taxes, investing and retirement accounts. Students will learn basic financial skills that will be critical when buying or leasing a vehicle, renting an apartment or house, and purchasing a home. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of personal financial fundamentals by completing a personal budget project.

    OPEN to juniors and seniors.
  • Marketing

    This course is designed to introduce students to the world of marketing. Students will learn the meaning of business, study the various forms of business, and investigate the different types of business ownership. The course features a special emphasis in the area of marketing, and students will learn how products and services are developed, priced, promoted, and delivered to the consumer. Students will demonstrate that knowledge by creating a business plan for a small company of their own

    OPEN to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Law

    The first half of the class focuses on the rules of conduct, or laws that our cities, states and the federal government have adopted. Areas studied include origin of our legal system, various categories of law, the court system, and tort vs. criminal law. The second half is a survey of law from a business standpoint. Everyone enters into contracts during their adult years, and this portion will arm students with valuable knowledge they can use for a lifetime. Beginning and ending a contract, what constitutes a valid agreement, and how contracts are applied in everyday life are examined. In both sections of the class, a heavy emphasis will be placed on case study, applications, and discussion of the law.

    OPEN to juniors and seniors.
  • Computer Science Essentials - Project Lead the Way

    PTLW Computer Science Essentials is a required course and should be taken prior to the end of Sophomore year. With emphasis on computational thinking and collaboration, this course provides an excellent entry point for students to begin their life-long evolving Computer Science experience. Computer Science Essentials exposes our students to a diverse set of computational thinking concepts, fundamentals, and tools, allowing them to gain understanding and build confidence. In this class, students will use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to text-based programming with languages such as Python to create apps and develop websites, and learn how to make computers work together to put their design into practice. Students will apply computational thinking practices, build their vocabulary, and collaborate just as computing professionals do to create products that address topics and problems important to them. Computer Science Essentials helps students create a strong technology foundation and to advance to PLTW AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A if desired.

    REQUIRED for freshmen or sophomores.
  • AP Computer Science A

    College level course designed for hard working computer science students. Students will use the Java programming language as a tool for solving problems using a scientific problem-solving method. The focus of the class will be centered on using object-oriented programming techniques to create programs that solve real-world problems. The class will utilize the Eclipse software for developing code. Students will get hands-on experience writing programs that demonstrate proper coding methodologies and object-oriented principles. Programming topics covered include: inheritance, classes, objects, control statements, arrays, matrices and Graphical User Interface (GUI)-components to create windows-based interactive programs.

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Computer Science or Computer Science Essentials – PLTW.
  • Graphical Imaging and Design

    This course introduces students to the relationship between design and technology, explores the use of digital technology as it applies to the sequence of the design process, focuses on the appropriate application of technology through the use of lab projects by blending sketches with two and three dimensional graphic software. Designs will primarily be based in the Adobe Suite and AutoDesk’s AutoCAD.

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Computer Science or Computer Science Essentials – PLTW.

    OPEN to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Introduction to Networking

    The goal of this course is to deliver a foundation of understanding of Information Technology and Networking.  This class was designed to prepare the student for more advanced networking and cyber security classes.  Based on techniques demonstrated in this course and the completion of all Packet Tracer labs, students will complete a Capstone Project using a pre-configured Packet Tracer Network.  The student will demonstrate a novice understanding of network architecture by building multiple Local Area Networks (LAN) and establishing connectivity between each via use of Wide Area Networks (WAN).

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Computer Science or Computer Science Essentials – PLTW.

    OPEN to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • AP Computer Science Principles - PLTW

    This course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. This course will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum. This course will complement our AP Computer Science A course by teaching the foundational concepts of computer science as it aims to broaden participation in the study of computer science. (NOTE: Our two AP Comp Science courses can be taken in any order and are both part of the PLTW-Comp Science pathway).

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Computer Science or Computer Science Essentials- PLTW.

    OPEN to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Cyber Security - PLTW

    This is one of the three courses required to complete the PLTW Computer Science Pathway. This cybersecurity course introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely.

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Computer Science or Computer Science Essentials- PLTW.

    OPEN to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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Archbishop Spalding High School

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Severn, MD 21144