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					       Suggested Projects
                   Virtual Enterprise




                           Tim Towler
                        San Diego High
                 School of International Studies




Revised 9/5/10
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Suggested Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          1
Department Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            2
Department Portfolio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          3
Department Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Resume & Cover Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               5
Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Individual Portfolio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      8
Individual Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           9
Business Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Current Event Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Corporation Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           12
Book Chapter Worksheet Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Business Ethics Case Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Business Career Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
New Technology Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Personal Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          18
Reaction to a Guest Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Job Shadow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Career Research Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Student Designed Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Rubrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26



Project Process:
   1. Choose a Project
   2. Write a Proposal
   3. Get your Proposal Approved
   4. Begin the Project
   5. Complete the Project
   6. Submit Completed Project
           a. Cover Page
           b. Signed Project Proposal
           c. Project Documentation

       For every project you must submit a proposal as described in the booklet Student
Guide to Consultant Learning. For all projects you must have submitted the proposal by
hard copy prior to the deadline for submitting proposals and have received a signed
contract prior to submitting the finished project in order to earn consulting fees.

        If you have an idea for a project that you would like to design for yourself that
doesn’t fit clearly into one of the other project categories, see the section in this booklet
entitled “Student Designed Projects.”


Resources: (In Black Notebooks on Bookshelf)

80/20 Style Guide
Student Guide to Consultant Learning
VE Suggested Projects

Department Projects:

Department Goals              $500
Department Portfolio         $2000
Department Presentation      $2000


Individual Projects:

Resume & Cover Letter         $1000
Interview                     $1000
Individual Portfolio         $2000
Individual Presentation      $2000
Business Letter               $500
Current Event Executive       $750
Summary
Corporation Report           $1500
Book Chapter Worksheet        $750
Development
Business Ethics Scenarios     $250
Business Career Interview    $2000
New Technology                $750
Executive Summary
Personal Budget              $2500
Reaction to a Guest           $500
Speaker
Job Shadow                   $2500
Career Research Project      $1500
Student Designed Project    Up to $5000

Key:
Required Project
Optional Project
Department Projects:


                                  Department Goals

Overview           Required Project: The objective of this project is for your
                   department to set the goals that you plan on attaining prior to the next
                   department portfolios & presentations are due.
Process            1) Meet as a department.
                   2) Discuss what you have accomplished to date for the corporation
                      and what still needs to be accomplished.
                   3) List short term and long term goals for the year.
                   4) List the goals that your department will work on for the next
                      portfolio and presentation.
                   5) Turn in all printed work.
Deliverables          1. Cover Page
                      2. Approved Proposal
                      3. List of short term and long term goals
Fee                       $500 / person

Helpful Suggestions:

The total earned by the department on the goals will be divided by the Department VP
and fees awarded to each department member based on their contributions.
                                Department Portfolio

Overview           Required Project: The objective of this project is for your
                   department to create a printed portfolio reporting on the goals that
                   your department set, and the results that you attained.
Process            1) Submit a set of Department Goals and receive an approval.
                   2) Work on attaining your goals prior to the deadline for the
                      portfolio.
                   3) Assemble your portfolio as listed in the Helpful Suggestions
                      section below.
                   4) When complete:
                      a) Save all files from the project to the Turn-In folder on the O:
                          drive with the correct name.
                      b) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                          the classroom in your department notebook.
Deliverables          1. Cover Page
                      2. Approved Proposal
                      3. Department Goals
                      4. All printed material from the lesson
                      5. All project files turned in to the O: drive
Fee                       Up to $2000 / Department Member

Helpful Suggestions:

The total earned by the department on the portfolio will be divided by the Department VP
and fees awarded to each department member based on their contributions.

Sample Contents (Each portfolio will vary)
Portfolio Organization:
 Cover Page
    Department Name
    Employee Names
 Goals
    List of the goals that you set for the year
    Description of the level of accomplishment for each goal
 Analysis
    Cost/Benefit analysis of your goals (should include spreadsheets & graphs if
        appropriate)
 Documentation
    Professional quality, hard copy presentation of your materials
    PowerPoint presentation printed in handout form (4 – 6 to a page)
 Summary
    Brief overview of what your department was working on, why it is needed, why
        you are suggesting a particular solution, how much it will cost and how much
        income it will produce.
 Additional Documents
    Any additional documentation you want looked at (previous options that were
        eliminated)
                              Department Presentation

Overview           Required Project: The objective of this project is for your
                   department to present to the class using a PowerPoint presentation
                   the goals that you set, which ones you attained and how, and what
                   work still needs to be accomplished.
Process            1) Use your Department Portfolio to create a PowerPoint
                       presentation.
                   2) Assemble your PowerPoint presentation as listed in the Helpful
                       Suggestions.
                   3) Sign up on the presentation schedule.
                   4) Present your PowerPoint presentation to the class, soliciting and
                       appropriately responding to questions.
                   5) When complete:
                       a) Save all files from the presentation to the Turn-In folder on
                           the O: drive with the correct name.
Deliverables               1. Cover Page
                           2. Approved Proposal
                           3. PowerPoint printed in Handout format
                           4. All files turned in to the O: drive
Fee                        Up to $2000 / Department Member

Helpful Suggestions:

The total earned by the department on the presentation will be divided by the Department
VP and fees awarded to each department member based on their contributions.

Presentation Organization:
 Cover Page
    Department Name
    Employee Names
 Goals
    List of the goals that you set for the year
    Description of the level of accomplishment for each goal
 Analysis
    Cost/Benefit analysis of your goals
 Documentation
    Professional quality presentation of your materials
 Work to be accomplished
    Brief overview of what your department is still working on.
Individual Projects:

                               Resume and Cover Letter

Overview            Required Project: Many of you will be seeking employment for a
                    job or internship and it would be of benefit to you to have a current,
                    professional resume and to know how to write a professional, eye-
                    catching cover letter to accompany your resume before you begin the
                    search process.
                    You will be doing this project up to twice during the school year.
                    1st grading period – you will be creating a resume and cover letter to
                    apply for a position within the corporation.
                    Last grading period – you will be creating a resume and cover letter
                    to apply for a summer job.
Process             1) Submit a proposal for a Resume and Cover Letter project and
                         receive an approval.
                    2) Go on-line to a reputable Career Center (i.e. yahoo.com,
                         msn.com, monster.com, etc.) to get information on how to write a
                         really excellent resume and cover letter.
                    3) Create a one page Resume for yourself using the Word Resume
                         Wizard.
                    4) Create a one page Cover Letter addressed to a specific person in a
                         company you would apply to.
                    5) When complete:
                         a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                             the classroom.
Deliverables             1. Cover Page
                         2. Approved Proposal
                         3. Printed Cover Letter
                         4. Printed Resume
                         5. A references page showing the sources of the information that
                             you researched on how to write professional quality resumes
                             and cover letters and sources you used to gain information
                             about the company to which you are submitting your resume.
Fee                          $1000

Helpful Suggestions:

Refer to the 80/20 style guide and the Business Quick Study Reference Guide for
suggestions.

The Resume

       A resume is a sales brochure and you are the product it is promoting. Therefore,
under each job that you list (or school experience) don’t just tell what your
responsibilities and duties were; most of those will be relatively clear from the job title.
Instead, tell what contributions you made, i.e., what difference you made while you filled
the job.

        For example, did you make any improvements while you were there? How was
the organization better off because you were filling that position instead of some else?
Did you make any suggestions that were implemented? Did the organization accomplish
anything significant while you were there to which you contributed even remotely? By
showing what a difference you've made to other organizations you've been with, you get
the prospective employer thinking about what contributions you might make to their
organization.

       Remember, a resume is not intended to get you a job, the resume is intended to
get you an interview. Anything you can do to stoke the reader’s interest and make them
want to meet you is a step closer to an interview. Don’t turn the reader off with
inappropriate colored paper, flashy graphics, strange fonts or risky humor.

       A resume is NEVER longer than one page. I’ve seen people with 30 years of
experience present a clear, attractive resume on one page. Remember, you don’t list
everything – just enough to get the reader to want to interview you.


The Cover Letter

       The job of the cover letter is to catch the reader’s attention and make sure that
they carefully read the resume with interest. The basic layout of the cover letter should
follow the following structure:

       1.      The first paragraph gets the reader’s attention. Thank the reader if they
               have ever been in contact with you. Explain how you got the name of the
               company and what led you to apply there (i.e., “Bill Evans from your
               accounting department suggested I contact you about your opening in the
               marketing department”). Tell what job you are applying for, and say why
               you want to work for this company.

       2.      The second section (which may be one or a few paragraphs) should
               discuss why they should want to interview you. In this section, you point
               out some of the most important things from your resume that you want to
               make sure they notice, particularly those things that you believe are most
               pertinent to the job for which you are applying. Describe what skills you
               bring to their company. This is your chance to sell yourself. It is possible
               for this to be broken into more than one paragraph if you have several
               sentences of this information.

       3.      The final paragraph should thank them for looking at your resume and
               should specify exactly what the next step is, i.e., when you will call to
               make an appointment for an interview, etc.
                                       Interview

Overview           Required Project: During the first grading period, you will be
                   interviewing for a position within the corporation. Which department
                   you are hired to and which position within the department will be
                   based on your resume and interview.
Process            1) Submit your completed resume and cover letter to the
                       interviewers.
                   2) Schedule an interview time.
                   3) Arrive appropriately dressed, on time for the interview.
                   4) Have at least 2 questions to ask your interviewers.
                   5) Use the interview skills discussed in class.
Deliverables           1. Evaluation from Interviewer
Fee                        $1000 per interview

Helpful Suggestions:

Prepare questions for your interviewer and answers to published questions in advance.
                                  Individual Portfolio

Overview           Required Project: The objective of this project is for you to create a
                   printed portfolio reporting on the goals that you personally worked on
                   during the year, the contributions you made to your department and
                   the results that you attained. (Performance Review)
Process            1) Submit a proposal for the Individual Portfolio and receive an
                       approval.
                   2) Collect data and documentation from the year on your personal
                       contributions.
                   3) Assemble your portfolio as listed in the Helpful Suggestions
                       section below.
                   4) When complete:
                       a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                           the classroom.
Deliverables           1. Cover Page
                       2. Approved Proposal
                       3. All printed material from the portfolio
Fee                        $2000

Components:
 Cover Page
 Proposal
 Printed Copy of your PowerPoint presentation in Handout format (4 – 6 per page).
 Documentation
   Materials that you have produced for your department.
 Justification
   Address Each of the following questions:
       What percentage of your department’s work was done by you?
           Why do you say that?
       What did you learn while in your department about: Working individually,
          working within a group, working within department structures?
       What did you learn about Business organization?
       What did you learn about starting a business?
       What grade do you feel that you have earned up to this point?
           Why?

Your portfolio should clearly communicate each of the sections above.
Your portfolio should be typed and be free of spelling and grammatical errors.
Your portfolio should contain at least one graphic. The text should wrap around the
graphic. Your portfolio should include bold, italicized and underlined text. There should
be 2 or more font styles and sizes. Create a footer that includes your name, department
and date.
                                Individual Presentation

Overview           Required Project: The objective of this project is for you to create a
                   PowerPoint presentation reporting on the goals that you personally
                   worked on during the year, the contributions you made to your
                   department and the results that you attained.
Process            1) Use your Individual Portfolio to create a PowerPoint presentation.
                   2) Assemble your PowerPoint presentation as listed in the Helpful
                      Suggestions.
                   3) Sign up on the presentation schedule.
                   4) Present your PowerPoint presentation to the class, soliciting and
                      appropriately responding to questions.
                   5) When complete:
                      a) Save all files from the presentation to the Turn-In folder on
                          the O: drive with the correct name.
                      b) Turn in all printed work from the presentation to the Turn-In
                          box in the classroom.
Deliverables          1. Cover Page
                      2. Approved Proposal
                      3. PowerPoint printed in Handout format
                      4. All files turned in to the O: drive
Fee                       $2000

Helpful Suggestions:

Components:

 Cover Page
   Department Name
   Your Name
   Other Department Member’s names
 Goals
   Description of the goals that your department has worked on
 Personal Contributions
   For each of the goals that your department has worked on, what you personally
     did to contribute to that goal.

Each slide should contain a graphic. There should be 2 or more backgrounds, font colors
& font sizes within your presentation. You should use bold, italicized and underlined text
in the presentation. At least one slide should have a bulleted list. Use transitions
between each slide. Create a footer that is included on each slide.
                                    Business Letter

Overview           As a businessperson you must write letters to different individuals for
                   a variety of reasons. Therefore, this project is for you to practice
                   your letter writing skills. You can pick any type of letter, such as,
                   complaint letter, recommendation letter, government letter, etc.;
                   however, you must have a purpose for writing the letter. Remember
                   that a business letter must be less than one page in length and have
                   three paragraphs. The first paragraph introduces why you are writing,
                   second paragraph gives examples to support your position, and the
                   final paragraph is what action you want taken.
Process            1) Submit a proposal for a Business Letter project and receive an
                       approval.
                   2) Choose the type of letter you will write.
                   3) Choose the topic of the letter.
                   4) Create a one page business letter using the formats in the 80/20
                       style guide.
                   5) When complete:
                       a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                           the classroom.
Deliverables           1. Cover Page
                       2. Approved Proposal
                       3. Printed Business Letter (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
Fee                        $500

Helpful Suggestions:

Bonus Opportunity – Mail your letter to the business you write to. Turn in any response
that you get from the business for a $500 Bonus.

Your letter may be a complaint, compliment or a request for information.
                         Current Events Executive Summary

Overview           In business everyday events are occurring that are reported on in the
                   newspaper, magazines or on TV. As a business person, you need to
                   be aware of what is going on in the industry.
                   You will be preparing a 1 – 2 page summary for a supervisor about a
                   current event that you research.
Process            1) Submit a proposal for a Current Events Executive Summary
                       project and receive an approval.
                   2) Research the event to gather data.
                   3) Produce a 1 – 2 page summary with the elements listed in the
                       helpful suggestions.
                   4) When complete:
                       a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                           the classroom.
Deliverables           1. Cover Page
                       2. Approved Proposal
                       3. Printed 1-2 page report (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
                       4. Printed Reference page (refer to 80/20 Style Guide 7.6)
                       5. Copy of the original article.
Fee                        $750

Helpful Suggestions:

Elements of the report that need to be addressed:

      1.   Describe the event – What is it? When did it occur?
      2.   Insert a picture related to the event (resize it to fit)
      3.   Describe the impact of this event on business and society on a local, national
           and global scale.
      4.   Offer your personal opinions about this event and it’s impact.
                                   Corporation Report

Overview             This project allows you to investigate a corporation and learn about
                     what they do. This information is valuable in preparing a cover letter
                     and interviewing for a job with that company. This information is
                     also valuable when trying to determine the impact of changes to your
                     own business.
Process              1) Submit a proposal for a Corporation Report project and receive an
                         approval.
                     2) Research the company to gather data.
                     3) Produce a 3 - 6 page report with the elements listed in the helpful
                         suggestions.
                     4) Produce a reference page for your report.
                     5) When complete:
                         a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                             the classroom.
Deliverables             1. Cover Page
                         2. Approved Proposal
                         3. Printed Report (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
                         4. A references page showing the sources of the information that
                             you researched
Fee                          $1500

Helpful Suggestions:

Refer to the 80/20 style guide for suggestions.

Elements of the report that need to be addressed:

      1. Describe the history of the company – What does it do? When was it created?
      2. Describe the management of the company – Who is the CEO? How is the
         company organized?
      3. Describe the finances of the company – What have it’s profits & losses been over
         time? What splits, purchases or mergers have occurred?
      4. Describe the impact of this company on business and society on a local, national
         and global scale.
      5. Offer your personal opinions about this company and it’s impact.
                        Book Chapter Worksheet Development

Overview            There are a number of chapters in our textbook “The Young
                    Entrepreneurs Guide to Starting and Running a Business” that we
                    will not be reading this year in class. You may read a chapter and
                    develop a worksheet and answer key to accompany the chapter.
Process             1) Submit a proposal for a Book Chapter Worksheet Development
                        project and receive an approval.
                    2) Read the chapter you chose.
                    3) Create a worksheet and answer key to accompany the chapter that
                        focuses on the major topics in the chapter.
                    4) When complete:
                        a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                            the classroom.
Deliverables            1. Cover Page
                        2. Approved Proposal
                        3. Printed Worksheet
                        4. Answer Key
Fee                         $750

Helpful Suggestions:

Choose a chapter from the book #11 or higher.

Your worksheet should not exceed 2 pages unless absolutely necessary.

Keep the questions in the same order as the material in the chapter.

Questions need to be of various levels, from simple to challenging.

There needs to be a heading on the worksheet for student name, date and period.

Use worksheets from chapters 1 – 10 as a guide for formatting.
                             Business Ethics Case Study

Overview          We will be doing several Business Ethics Case Studies in class. I
                  have several that we will not be doing this year. You may complete
                  an evaluation of those scenarios.
Process           1) Submit a proposal for a Business Ethics Case Study project and
                      receive an approval.
                  2) Choose an Ethics Case Study to evaluate.
                  3) Read the Case Study.
                  4) Answer the questions about the Case Study.
                  5) When complete:
                      a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                          the classroom.
Deliverables          1. Cover Page
                      2. Approved Proposal
                      3. Printed Answers to Ethics Case Study
Fee                       $250

Helpful Suggestions:

Create your answers in Word. Make sure to type the questions and answers.

Do NOT write on the Case Study sheet.
                               Business Career Interview

Overview            You may interview a person in a career that you are interested in
                    pursuing.
Process             1) Submit a proposal for a Business Career Interview project and
                       receive an approval.
                    2) Set up a time to meet with the person that you will be
                       interviewing.
                    3) Develop a prepared set of questions for the interview.
                    4) Dress appropriately and be on time for the meeting.
                    5) Interview the person, focusing on the topics in the Helpful
                       Suggestions.
                    6) Create a 2 – 3 page report about the interview.
                    7) When complete:
                       a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                           the classroom.
Deliverables           1. Cover Page
                       2. Approved Proposal
                       3. Printed 2-3 page report (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
                       4. Notes from the interview
Fee                        $2000

Helpful Suggestions:

You may interview a person in a career that you are interested in pursuing. You may
discuss with the professional the pros and cons of working in this career. What are the
joys and headaches of working in this career? Do the joys outweigh the problems?

Make sure to dress appropriately for the interview. Be on time for your appointment.
Greet the person you are interviewing and introduce yourself. Be sure to get a business
card from the person you interviewed to include in your report.

Listen carefully to the professional’s story. How did they get interested in this career?
What did the professional do before starting in this career? What education and
experience did the professional complete to prepare them for in this career? What would
they do differently if they could go back and do it again? How would the professional
feel about working in another profession?

What are the most pressing problems that the professional faces on a regular basis? How
do they try to deal with those problems? What could change that would make their life
better?

What would the professional advise a young student just graduating from high school to
do to prepare for this career?

In writing your report, do not use “transcript” format, where you tell every question you
asked followed by the interviewee’s answer. Instead, you must synthesize what you
heard in the interview and write a professional report, in report form, with headings, etc.,
conveying to me the story your interviewee told and what you learned from him/her.

As a last section of your report, be sure to tell me what you got from doing this project.
What value did you derive, what lessons did you learn, and/or what realizations did you
come to as a result of this project? How has your education been improved as a result of
what you learned from doing this project?

An interview should result in a report approximately 2 to 3 pages long.
                           New Technology Executive Summary

Overview              In technology industry everyday new technology is developed for
                      personal and business uses. As a consumer or an employee you will
                      be purchasing technology and you need to do research on products to
                      fit your needs. When evaluating technology most individuals define
                      their needs and the benefits they will receive verses the price that they
                      paid for the product. Therefore, it is important for you to research a
                      product that interests you.
                      You will be preparing a 1 – 2 page summary for a supervisor about
                      the technology that you research.
Process               1) Submit a proposal for a New Technology Executive Summary
                           project and receive an approval.
                      2) Research the product to gather data.
                      3) Produce a 1 – 2 page report with the elements listed in the helpful
                           suggestions.
                      4) When complete:
                           a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                               the classroom.
                           b) Attach a page showing the information you used to create
                               your summary.
Deliverables               1. Cover Page
                           2. Approved Proposal
                           3. Printed 1-2 page report (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
                           4. Printed Reference page (refer to 80/20 Style Guide 7.6)
                           5. One or more pages of primary information.
Fee                            $750

Helpful Suggestions:

Elements of the report that need to be addressed:

      1. Define the piece of technology – What is it? What does it do?
      2. Insert a picture of the technology (resize it to fit)
      3. Describe the features and benefits of this product – make sure it relates to price
         and time management
      4. Establish a price range (i.e., $400-$2000). Explain why the differences in prices.
      5. State the manufacturers of this product and a brief description of product offerings
         (Minimum of 2 manufacturers).
      6. Offer your personal recommendation in purchasing this product. Should you
         purchase it and what model and price is the best value for your dollar?
                                   Personal Budget

Overview           This project is to develop a personal budget based on income of high
                   school graduate, college graduate, and/or your chosen career.
                   Therefore, you must research areas of housing, transportation, food,
                   medical, and personal expenses based on your income. This project
                   is to develop an excel spreadsheet for your costs using formulas to
                   calculate the sub-totals as well as your total expenses for two months.
Process            1) Submit a proposal for a Personal Budget project and receive an
                        approval.
                   2) Research the income and expenses for the career you choose.
                   3) Create a Budget Sheet that calculates each category and totals for
                        at least two months.
                   4) Create a Reference Sheet the shows where you got your
                        information.
                   5) Use Word to create a two page report with the information below.
                   6) When complete:
                        a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                             the classroom.
Deliverables            1. Cover Page
                        2. Approved Proposal
                        3. Printed Excel Budget Sheet
                        4. Printed Reference Sheet of the sources for your information
                        5. Printed two page written report
                                 a. Brief description of your budget for each job category
                                         i. Discussing house, transportation and personal
                                             expenses
                                 b. Point out the importance of creating a budget
                                 c. Describe what you learned from completing this
                                     project? Did it change your idea of education? Did it
                                     make you aware of the cost of living? Would excel be
                                     a good place to put a budget? Why?
Fee                          $2500

Helpful Suggestions:

The resources below can be used to research your expenses and income.
Use the 80/20 Style Guide for format of the Reference Sheet.
Taxes:
                                          Food
Federal:
       $0 - $20,000:         8%           www.albertsons.com
       $20,000 - $30,000:    10%          www.netgrocer.com
       $30,000 - $50,000:    14%
       $50,000 - $70,000:    18%          House Bills:
       $70,000 - $100,000:    22%
       $100,000 +             25%         SDGE/Water:
Social Security:              6.2%        www.realestatelibrary.com/costofliving.html
Medicare:                     1.45%
State:                        2%          Cable TV:
                                          www.cox.com
Housing
                                          Phone:
Home mortgage:                            www.sbc.com
www.homes.com
                                          Cellular:
Rent:                                     www.verizonwireless.com
www.apartments.com                        www.cingular.com

www.sdreader.com                          Health

Insurance:                                Medical/Dental Insurance:
http://insurance.yahoo.com/hr/home.html   http://insurance.yahoo.com/lh/health.html

Transportation                            Life Insurance:
                                          www.Intelliquote.com
Bus Fare/Pass:
www.sdcommute.com

Car Payment:                              Leisure
www.kbb.com
                                          Pet/food Care:
Auto Insurance:                           http://www.aspca.org/site/pageserver?pagen
www.progressive.com                       ame=petcarecosts

Gas:                                      Budget Percentages:
www.sandiegogasprices.com
                                          Housing                33%
Education                                 Transportation         15%
                                          Food                   21%
Tuition/fees:                             Medical                 5%
www.sdccd.net                             Misc.                  20%
                             Reaction to a Guest Speaker

Overview           We will have several guest speakers in class this year.
                   You will be preparing a 1 – 2 page memo about the guest speaker that
                   you heard.
Process            1) Submit a proposal for a Reaction to a Guest Speaker project and
                      receive an approval.
                   2) Listen and take notes during the Guest Speaker’s presentation.
                   3) Produce a 1 – 2 page memo with the elements listed in the helpful
                      suggestions.
                   4) When complete:
                      a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                          the classroom.
Deliverables          1. Cover Page
                      2. Approved Proposal
                      3. Printed 1-2 page memo (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
                      4. Notes taken when the speaker is in class.
Fee                       $500

Helpful Suggestions:

Make sure to use a memo format, see the 80/20 Style Guide.

Items to include:
            Briefly summarize the speaker’s main points.
            Describe the points or lessons that you found most informative or relevant
              to your life and/or career goals and explain what value you found in these
              points.
            Give an overall evaluation as to how valuable of a contribution you felt
              this speaker’s presentation was to this course and to your education.
                                       Job Shadow

Overview            Many business people are happy to have a high school student
                    “shadow” them for a day, to see what a typical workday is like for
                    them. In addition, they are happy to answer any questions and share
                    their knowledge about what the job is like, what kind of education
                    you would need, and what you can expect. They could also prove to
                    be a valuable contact for in the future when you are ready to find a
                    job in that field. As an alternative, you may also choose to shadow a
                    student at a college, such as SDSU, San Diego City College, etc.
Process             1) Submit a proposal for a Job Shadow project and receive an
                        approval.
                    2) Contact and arrange a time for the Job Shadow. (You must
                        shadow the person for at least 2 hours).
                    3) Develop a prepared set of questions for the Job Shadow.
                    4) Dress appropriately and be on time for the meeting.
                    5) Observe, discuss with and help the person, focusing on the topics
                        in the Helpful Suggestions.
                    6) Create a 2 – 3 page report about the Job Shadow.
                    7) When complete:
                        a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                            the classroom.
Deliverables            1. Cover Page
                        2. Approved Proposal
                        3. Printed 2-3 page report (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
Fee                         $2500

Helpful Suggestions:

Whether you know exactly what you want to do in the future or not, a job shadow is a
great way to get more information on a possible career. The purpose of this project is to:
     Help you identify career goals
     Provide you with positive role models from diverse backgrounds
     Help you see the relevance between academic subjects and potential careers
     Provide exposure to a wide variety of career opportunities in different fields


After you have shadowed the business person of your choice you must write a report that
will include answers to the following questions:
     What career did you choose?
     What high school academic subjects would you regard as important for this
        career? Why?
     List 3 skills or traits necessary to be successful in this career. Then suggest a class
        or extra-curricular activity that will help a student develop this skill.
     What type of part time or summer job could prepare a student for this job?
     Are there any required degrees or certificates for this career? What are they?
     Create 3 post-high school options for a student who might be interested in
        working in this field. Be specific about majors and courses of study. Is there any
        one option that you would recommend over the others? Why?
To find a job shadow, you may look in the yellow pages for the type of business you are
interested in, you may talk to the career specialist in the Career Office, your counselor, or
any of your teachers. If you are interested in this, I would be happy to help you find a job
shadow.
                                Career Research Project

Overview            You are to research and create a report on a career of your choice. It
                    should be a career in which you are interested and may want to
                    pursue in the future.
Process             1) Submit a proposal for a Career Research project and receive an
                       approval.
                    2) Research the career to gather data.
                    3) Choose the format you would like to use for your report. (See the
                       Helpful Suggestions section)
                    4) Produce a report with the elements listed in the helpful
                       suggestions.
                    5) Produce a reference page for your report.
                    6) When complete:
                       a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                           the classroom.
Deliverables           1. Cover Page
                       2. Approved Proposal
                       3. Printed Report (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
                       4. A references page showing the sources of the information that
                           you researched. (refer to 80/20 Style Guide for format)
Fee                        $1500

Helpful Suggestions:
You are to research and create a report on a career of your choice. It should be a career
in which you are interested and may want to pursue in the future. You may use the
Internet, books, magazines, and personal interviews (highly recommended!) as your
sources of information. With teacher permission, you may use class time to visit the
library for your research from books. Three websites that can get you start are:
http://www.bls.gov/ocs, www.salary.com, www.collegerad.com/careers. There are many
more than just these three, so don’t stop there!
The areas that you need to research and should include in your report are as follows:
    Why this career interests you
    Description of job duties
    Working conditions
    What types of companies hire in this field
    Training or qualifications needed
    Employment opportunities for the future
    Earnings
    What technology is used for the job
In your proposal, you should include which format you would like to present the
information. You may select from the following methods of presentation: written report
format, PowerPoint Presentation, tri-fold informational brochure, oral presentation or tri-
fold poster format. Regardless of your method of presentation, you must use at least 3
different sources, and they should be listed on a separate reference page, using the MLA
format, as shown in the addendum to the 80/20 Style Guide.
                               Student Designed Project

Overview            You are free to design projects of your own choosing. Remember
                    that all projects must be preceded by a proposal which allows me to
                    understand what you are doing and to give guidance if I feel you are
                    attempting something that can’t be done or if I am unable to
                    understand what you plan to do.

                    Student designed projects may be for fees up to $5,000. Any project
                    that would have a fee larger than $5,000 must be broken into a series
                    of smaller related projects. The topic of a student designed project
                    may be anything that is related to the course or the course materials.
                    Here again, I will have the opportunity to examine your proposal
                    before you begin work on the project.

Process             1) Submit a proposal for a student designed project and receive an
                       approval.
                    2) Complete the project as described in the proposal.
                    3) When complete:
                       a) Turn in all printed work from the project to the Turn-In box in
                          the classroom.
Deliverables           1. Cover Page
                       2. Approved Proposal
                       3. All printed material from the Project
Fee                       Up to $5000

Helpful Suggestions:

        As a last section of your report, be sure to tell me what you got from doing this
project. What value did you derive, what lessons did you learn, and/or what realizations
did you come to as a result of this project? How has your education been improved as a
result of what you learned from doing this project?

The Student designed project category is designed to allow your creativity to soar. This
category allows you to design any kind of project that you wish, so long as it is in any
way related to the subject matter of the course. Be bold! Let your imagination take
flight! This category is designed to allow you to design projects that are relevant and
important to you, as well as fun and stimulating. If your projects are boring, you have
only yourself to blame!
Rubrics for Projects

REPORT WRITING RUBRIC

        Content                 Structure                 Errors
                                                                            Overall Format
Clearly addresses        Masterfully blends a     No errors in              Very impressive and
all aspects of the       variety of sentence      spelling, grammar         professional first
question and gives       types and                and formatting.           impression. This
the reader a strong      consistently uses                                  work can be
mental image of the      precise, descriptive                               published is a
ideas and concepts.      language. Uses the                                 journal or
                         correct reference                                  newspaper.
                         documentation.


RESUME RUBRIC
        Content                                           Errors            Overall Impression
                         Appearance
All expected             Margins and spaces       No errors in              Very impressive and
sections are in the      are attractive;          spelling,                 professional – this
resume everything        resume is well laid      punctuation,              resume would get
is in a logical order,   out; everything is all   grammar and               you a call for an
dates are complete,      lined up.                formatting. All           interview.
and sections are                                  information is clear
well-written and                                  to the reader.
thought out.


BUSINESS LETTER RUBRIC
Content                         Sentence                           Errors
                                Control/Development
Clearly addresses all           Fluid style, smooth                No errors in spelling,
aspects of the question and     transitions and well chosen        punctuation, grammar, and
gives the reader strong         examples.                          formatting are clear to the
mental image.                                                      reader.
Business Letter Structure       Appearance                         Overall Impression
All elements are presented      Margins and spaces are             Very impressive and
with no formatting errors.      attractive; letter is well laid    professional first – would
                                out; and fun to read.              read and take action.
PRESENTATION RUBRIC
Information   Visuals         Voice and           Involvement     Preparation    Overall
and Content                   Projection          of Audience                    Effectiveness
Correct and   Excellent       Voice               Audience        Presenter(s)   Audience
appropriate   and             projected           was engaged     were well-     received
information   appropriate     well and            in the          prepared       information to
given,        for the         with                presentation,   and able to    be
knowledge     subject         confidence          and was         do most of     knowledgeable
of the        matter.         throughout          given an        the            of the subject
subject is    Caught the      the                 appropriate     presentation   and explain to
apparent.     audience’s      presentation.       activity to     with           others.
              attention.                          reinforce       minimal
                                                  knowledge.      notes.



WEB SITE RUBRIC
Content                 Appearance                 Errors                  Overall Impression
All information is      Margins and spaces         No errors in            Very impressive and
included in page        are attractive; page       spelling,               professional first
with the proper use     is well laid out, text,    punctuation,            impression – could
of tags and titles.     images are correctly       grammar and layout.     be published n the
Graphics are            laid out to attract                                web with no
animated or             attention to the areas                             corrections.
interactive. Links      of the web pages.
are interactive.

				
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