Mr. Dawson Entrepreneurship Woodland Hills High School


Mr. Dawson Entrepreneurship Woodland Hills High School 2013-2014

Course Description

An entrepreneur is a person who attempts to earn a profit by taking the risk of operating a business. This class will serve as an introduction to the business world, with special focus on starting a business. Students will be required to create and write a business plan, market their business and create a website. Analyzing markets, sales and advertising strategies, obtaining capital, management, personnel and location are some of the concepts that will be explored in this course. Students will develop their reading, writing, critical thinking, decision making and technology skills throughout the course.

Grading Procedure

The percentage grading system will be used in accordance with school district policy. Incomplete work must be completed within the teacher’s satisfaction before a grade will be assigned. In-class assignments, participation/portfolios, projects, homework, and tests will be graded. Your grade will be based on all of the points you have earned from graded work. Final grades are based on total points accumulated by successfully completing the assignments. Each thing will be weighted equally. The following scale will determine grading for course: 90-100%=A; 80-89%=B; 70-79%=C; 60-69%=D; 0-59%=F All of the points that you have earned in the semester will be added together and divided by the total number of points possible, and then converted into a percentage.

Example: 576 (Your Total Points Earned)

= .96 x 100 = 96%

600 (Total Points Possible)

All students are required to do their own work on tests, class assignments, and homework. All students submitting another students’ work will result in a zero for that particular assignment. Unsatisfactory grade reports will be issued to any student who has a grade of 69 percent or less at the time the report is to be issued. If a student does not earn a grade of 60 percent or better, credit will be loss for the course. Excessive absence from class may result in a loss of credit.

Grade Distribution: 90 – 100% = 80 – 89% = 70 – 79% = 60 – 69% = 0 -- 59% = A B C D F


All students should make every effort to be in class each day. On your return to school, following an excused absence, it is your responsibility to make up all of your assignments. All make up work should be made up within 1 week after an excused absence. For more information on make up work read the student handbook. If an assignment or test is not made up, a zero will be entered in the grade book.

Class Expectations: Prompt

  I am in the classroom when the bell rings. I turn in my work on time.


   I bring my materials to class. I do my homework assignments. I dress appropriately.

Polite Proud

    I raise my hand before I speak. I listen and speak respectfully to staff members and classmates. I allow others to express their opinions and beliefs. I respect others’ personal space.


 I participate actively in class.  I work with my team members in group assignments.  I complete my class assignments.  I take pride in my work, my school and myself.

Class Rules


Be Prompt

activities. – You should be in your assigned seat and logging in to your computer ready to begin the day’s 2.




Be Polite

– Raise your hand when you have a question, do not talk while teacher or another student is talking. I am a polite, respectful and honest person who will treat you with those characteristics and I expect you to treat me with those same characteristics. No food or drinks will be permitted in class.

Be Prepared Be Productive

– Participate appropriately and be on task with the class not doing your own thing and negatively influencing others

Be Proud

- Bring the appropriate materials to class and be ready to go when the bell rings. – Have pride in yourself and your school, includes work and personal conduct

How to reach the teacher:

Email: [email protected] High School Phone Number: 412-244-1100 ext: 05252 Room 119

Topics to be covered in Entrepreneurship:

           What is an Entrepreneur?

Your Potential as an Entrepreneur Recognizing Market Opportunities

Market Analysis Types of Business Ownership The Legal Environment Site Selection and Layout Marketing Financing Business Growth

Researching and Planning Your Venture