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					   Guidelines 2009
Workplace Skills Assessment
         Program




        2008-2009 Edition page 1
                                                   Table of Contents
Future NLC Dates ....................................................................................................................... 3
Alphabetical Listing of Workplace Skills Assessment Events ...................................................... 4
National BPA Deadlines .............................................................................................................. 5
NLC 2009 Computer Software Listing ......................................................................................... 6
Calculator Guidelines .................................................................................................................. 7
Preface ....................................................................................................................................... 8
Awards and Recognitions ........................................................................................................... 8
General Guidelines ..................................................................................................................... 9
Workplace Skills Assessment Events Structure ........................................................................ 12
Workplace Skills Assessment Events At-A-Glance ................................................................... 13
Financial Services
  (01) Fundamental Accounting ............................................................................................... 16
  (02) Advanced Accounting .................................................................................................... 18
  (03) Computerized Accounting.............................................................................................. 20
  (04) Payroll Accounting ......................................................................................................... 22
  (05) Managerial Accounting (PS) (Pilot Event) ..................................................................... 24
  (06) Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications ........................................................................ 25
  (07) Advanced Spreadsheet Applications (Pilot Event) ......................................................... 26
  (08) Banking & Finance ........................................................................................................ 27
  (09) Financial Analyst Team ................................................. Judged .................................... 29
  (10) Economic Research Project—Individual (S) .................. Judged .................................... 34
  (11) Economic Research Project—Team (S) ........................ Judged .................................... 42
  (12) Financial Math & Analysis—Open Event ....................................................................... 49
  (13) Insurance Concepts—Open Event ................................................................................ 50
Administrative Support
  (20) Keyboarding Production ................................................................................................ 52
  (21) Fundamental Word Processing Skills ............................................................................ 53
  (22) Advanced Word Processing Skills ................................................................................. 54
  (23) Integrated Office Applications ........................................................................................ 55
  (24) Desktop Publishing ........................................................................................................ 56
  (25) Basic Office Systems & Procedures .............................................................................. 57
  (26) Advanced Office Systems & Procedures ....................................................................... 58
  (27) Legal Office Procedures ................................................................................................ 59
  (28) Medical Office Procedures............................................................................................. 60
  (29) Database Applications ................................................................................................... 61
  (30) Administrative Support Team ........................................................................................ 62
  (31) Administrative Support Research Project—Ind. (S) ...... Judged .................................... 63
  (32) Medical Transcription (PS) .......................................................................................... ..70
  (33) Administrative Support Concepts—Open Event ............................................................ 71
Information Technology
  (40) PC Servicing & Troubleshooting .................................................................................... 73
  (41) Computer Security ........................................................................................................ 74
  (42) Fundamentals of XHTML .............................................................................................. 75
  (43) C++ Programming ....................................................................................................... 76
  (44) VB.Net Programming ................................................................................................... 77
  (45) Java Programming ....................................................................................................... 78
  (46) Microsoft Network Administration ................................................................................ 79
  (47) Cisco Systems Administration ..................................................................................... 80
  (48) Computer Animation (Pilot Event) ................................. Judged .................................... 81
  (49) Digital Media Production ................................................ Judged .................................... 89


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 (50) Network Design Team ................................................... Judged .................................... 98
 (51) Web Site Design Team.................................................. Judged .................................. 103
 (52) Web Application Team .................................................. Judged .................................. 111
 (53) Video Production Team ................................................. Judged .................................. 121
 (54) Software Engineering Team .......................................... Judged .................................. 130
 (55) Computer Network Technology Concepts- Open Event ............................................... 138
 (56) Information Technology Concepts- Open Event .......................................................... 139
Management/Marketing/Human Resources
 (60) Global Marketing Team (S)............................................ Judged .................................. 141
 (61) Entrepreneurship ........................................................... Judged .................................. 149
 (62) Small Business Management Team .............................. Judged .................................. 157
 (63) Graphic Design Promotion............................................. Judged .................................. 163
 (64) Interview Skills............................................................... Judged .................................. 171
 (65) Advanced Interview Skills .............................................. Judged .................................. 181
 (66) Extemporaneous Speech .............................................. Judged .................................. 190
 (67) Human Resource Management ..................................... Judged .................................. 194
 (68) Prepared Speech ......................................................... Judged .................................. 199
 (69) Presentation Management—Individual .......................... Judged .................................. 205
 (70) Presentation Management—Team ................................ Judged .................................. 211
 (71) Parliamentary Procedure Team (S) ............................... Judged .................................. 218
 (72) Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts—Open Event........................... 224
 (73) Parliamentary Procedure Concepts—Open Event ....................................................... 225



                      Material contained in this publication may be reproduced
                                 for personal and/or event use only.




                                             Future NLC Dates
                                    Year                 Location                     Date

                                    2009                 Dallas, TX                   May 6-10
                                    2010                 Anaheim, CA                  May 5-9
                                    2011                 Washington, DC               May 3-7
                                    2012                 Chicago, IL                  April 25-29
                                    2013                 Orlando, FL                  May 8-12




                                              2008-2009 Edition page 3
                          Alphabetical Listing of Workplace Skills Assessment Events
Event Name                                                                                                         Event Number                                Page
Administrative Support Concepts–Open Event ....................................................... (33) .................................... 71
Administrative Support Research Project–Individual (S) ........................................ (31) .................................... 63
Administrative Support Team .................................................................................. (30) .................................... 62
Advanced Accounting ............................................................................................. (02) .................................... 18
Advanced Interview Skills ....................................................................................... (65) .................................. 171
Advanced Office Systems & Procedures ................................................................ (26) .................................... 58
Advanced Spreadsheet Applications (Pilot Event) .................................................. (07) .................................... 26
Advanced Word Processing Skills .......................................................................... (22) .................................... 54
Banking & Finance .................................................................................................. (08) .................................... 27
Basic Office Systems & Procedures ....................................................................... (25) .................................... 57
C++ Programming ................................................................................................... (43) .................................... 76
Cisco Network Administration ................................................................................. (47) .................................... 80
Computer Animation Team (Pilot Event) ................................................................. (48) .................................... 81
Computer Network Technology Concepts- Open Event ......................................... (55) .................................. 139
Computer Security .................................................................................................. (41) .................................... 74
Computerized Accounting ....................................................................................... (03) .................................... 20
Database Applications ............................................................................................ (29) .................................... 61
Desktop Publishing ................................................................................................. (24) .................................... 56
Digital Media Production ......................................................................................... (49) .................................... 89
Economic Research Project–Individual (S) ............................................................. (10) .................................... 34
Economic Research Project–Team (S) ................................................................... (11) .................................... 42
Entrepreneurship ..................................................................................................... (61) .................................. 149
Extemporaneous Speech ........................................................................................ (66) .................................. 181
Financial Analyst Team ........................................................................................... (09) .................................... 29
Financial Math & Analysis–Open Event .................................................................. (12) .................................... 49
Fundamental Accounting ........................................................................................ (01) .................................... 16
Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications ................................................................ (06) .................................... 25
Fundamental Word Processing Skills ..................................................................... (21) .................................... 53
Fundamentals of XHTML ........................................................................................ (42) .................................... 75
Global Marketing Team (S) ..................................................................................... (60) .................................. 141
Graphic Design Promotion ...................................................................................... (63) .................................. 163
Human Resource Management .............................................................................. (67) .................................. 194
Information Technology Concepts–Open Event ..................................................... (56) .................................. 139
Insurance Concepts- Open Event ........................................................................... (13) .................................... 50
Integrated Office Applications ................................................................................. (23) .................................... 55
Interview Skills ........................................................................................................ (64) .................................. 171
Java Programming .................................................................................................. (45) .................................... 78
Keyboarding Production .......................................................................................... (20) .................................... 52
Legal Office Procedures .......................................................................................... (27) .................................... 59
Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts–Open Event ...................... (72) .................................. 224
Managerial Accounting (PS) (Pilot Event) ............................................................... (05) .................................... 24
Medical Office Procedures ...................................................................................... (28) .................................... 60
Medical Transcription (PS) ...................................................................................... (32) .................................... 70
Microsoft Network Administration ............................................................................ (46) .................................... 79
Network Design Team ............................................................................................. (50) .................................. 103
Parliamentary Procedure Concepts–Open Event ................................................... (73) .................................. 225
Parliamentary Procedure Team (S) ........................................................................ (71) .................................. 218
Payroll Accounting .................................................................................................. (04) .................................... 22
PC Servicing & Troubleshooting ............................................................................. (40) .................................... 73
Prepared Speech ................................................................................................... (68) .................................. 199
Presentation Management–Individual ..................................................................... (69) .................................. 205
Presentation Management–Team ........................................................................... (70) .................................. 211
Small Business Management Team ....................................................................... (62) .................................. 157
Software Engineering Team.................................................................................... (54) .................................. 130
VB.Net Programming .............................................................................................. (44) .................................... 77
Video Production Team .......................................................................................... (53) .................................. 121
Web Application Team ........................................................................................... (52) .................................. 111
Web Site Design Team ........................................................................................... (51) .................................. 103




                                                           2008-2009 Edition page 4
                                         National BPA Deadlines
                 Item                                 Deadline                           Mailing Address
Administrative Support Research           E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         adminsupport@bpa.org
Project–Individual                        Time, April 1, 2009
                                          E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         advinterview@bpa.org
Advanced Interview Skills
                                          Time, April 1, 2009
                                                                                 Business Professionals of America
Computer Animation                        Postmarked by April 1, 2009            5454 Cleveland Avenue
                                                                                 Columbus, OH 43231-4021
Economic Research Project—                E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         econresind@bpa.org
Individual & Team                         Time, April 1, 2009
Economic Research Project—                E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         econresteam@bpa.org
Individual & Team                         Time, April 1, 2009
                                          E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         entrepreneurship@bpa.org
Entrepreneurship
                                          Time, April 1, 2009
                                          E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         globmark@bpa.org
Global Marketing Team
                                          Time, April 1, 2009
                                                                                 Business Professionals of America
Graphic Design Promotion                  Postmarked by April 1, 2009            5454 Cleveland Avenue
                                                                                 Columbus, OH 43231-4021
                                          E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         interview@bpa.org
Interview Skills
                                          Time, April 1, 2009
                                                                                 Business Professionals of America
Software Engineering—Team                 Postmarked by April 1, 2009            5454 Cleveland Avenue
                                                                                 Columbus, OH 43231-4021
                                          E-mailed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern         webapp@bpa.org
Web Application Team
                                          Time, April 1, 2009
                                          Online registration by April 1, 2009
NLC Competitive Events Registration                                              www.bpa.org

                                          Early online registration by
                                          April 1, 2009                          www.bpa.org
NLC Registration
                                          Late online registration by
                                          April 6, 2009
NLC Hotel Reservations                    Online by April 1, 2009                www.bpa.org
                                                                                 Business Professionals of America
NLC Registration Refund Requests          Postmarked by April 17, 2009           5454 Cleveland Avenue
                                                                                 Columbus, OH 43231-4021
                                                                                 Business Professionals of America
National Officer Candidate Application    Postmarked by April 1, 2009            5454 Cleveland Avenue
                                                                                 Columbus, OH 43231-4021
                                                                                 Business Professionals of America
                                                                                 5454 Cleveland Avenue
Special Recognition Awards                Postmarked by March 15, 2009
                                                                                 Columbus, OH 43231-4021

                                                                                Business Professionals of America
Torch Award—Ambassador                    Postmarked by March 15, 2009          5454 Cleveland Avenue
                                                                                Columbus, OH 43231-4021
NOTE: Materials for contests that are not listed above will be turned in at a designated time and place at the
NLC. The dates listed are national deadlines. Check with your State Advisor to determine regional and state
deadlines. Please be aware that states may require that additional contest materials be submitted prior to the
state conference.




                                           2008-2009 Edition page 5
                          NLC 2009 Computer Software Listing
                 Provided at national-level competition—regional and state levels may vary!

          • MICROSOFT WINDOWS PC – Pentium 200 or higher – will be used for all events •
Event:                           Software Packages:
                                 MS Office 2003 and 2007, MS Publisher 2003 and 2007, Corel Office
Administrative Support Team
                                 Professional 12th Edition
Advanced Office Systems          MS Office 2003 and 2007, MS Publisher 2003 and 2007, Corel Office
& Procedures                     Professional 12th Edition
Advanced Word Processing         MS Office 2003 and 2007, MS Publisher 2003 and 2007, Corel Office
Skills                           Professional 12th Edition
Basic Office Systems &           MS Office 2003 and 2007, MS Publisher 2003 and 2007, Corel Office
Procedures                       Professional 12th Edition
                                 Secondary - Accounting 8.0, South-Western Integrated Windows 4th
                                             Edition, Peachtree 2003, QuickBooks Pro automatically
                                             updated each year, MS Accounting 2007.
Computerized Accounting
                                 Post-secondary - Peachtree 2003, QuickBooks Pro automatically updated
                                                each year, MS Accounting 2007.
Database Applications            Access 2003 and 2007, Paradox 12th Edition
                                 Adobe InDesign® CS3, MS Office 2003, MS Publisher 2003, Corel Office
Desktop Publishing
                                 Professional 12th Edition,
Fundamental Word                 MS Office 2003 and 2007, Corel Office Professional 12th Edition
Processing Skills
Integrated Office Applications   MS Office 2003 and 2007, Corel Office Professional 12th Edition
Keyboarding Production           MS Office 2003 and 2007, Corel Office Professional 12th Edition
Legal Office Procedures          MS Office 2003 and 2007, Corel Office Professional 12th Edition
                                 MS Office 2003 and 2007, MS Publisher 2003 and 2007, Corel Office
Medical Office Procedures
                                 Professional 12th Edition
Spreadsheet Applications &       Excel 2003 and 2007, Quattro Pro 12th Edition
Analysis


Check individual event guidelines for information regarding the use of contestant’s own
computers. Those contestants who bring their own computer for events, as permitted, must
also bring all supporting devices (including portable printer, software, extension cords, power
strips, etc.) as outlined in event guidelines. Electrical power is provided. Carry-in and set-up of
equipment must be done solely by the contestant(s), and must take place within the time allotted for
orientation/warm-up.

Business Professionals of America assumes no responsibility for hardware/software provided by the
contestant(s). Contestants who experience failure problems with their equipment will NOT be
rescheduled. Contestants bringing their own computers and software should note that contests are
authored for the software listed above and may not run on alternate software. Blank disks, if needed,
will be provided for contestants by the National Center.



                                         2008-2009 Edition page 6
                      NLC 2009 Calculator Guidelines
Permitted Calculators

You may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features
described in the Prohibited Calculators list. For models on the Calculators Permitted
with Modification list, you will be required to modify some of the calculator's features.



Prohibited Calculators

These types of calculators are prohibited:

     •   Texas Instruments: all model numbers that begin with TI-89 and TI-92, and the
         TI–Nspire CAS—The TI–Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.
     •   Hewlett-Packard: hp 48GII and all model numbers that begin with hp 40G, hp
         49G, or hp 50G
     •   Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300, and all model numbers that begin with
         CFX-9970G
     •   calculators with built-in computer algebra systems
     •   pocket organizers
     •   handheld or laptop computers
     •   electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
     •   calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices
     •   calculators with a typewriter keypad (keys in QWERTY format)—Calculators with
         letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.



Calculators Permitted with Modification

These types of calculators are permitted, but only after they are modified as noted:

     • calculators with paper tape—Remove the tape.
     • calculators that make noise—Turn off the sound.
     • calculators that can communicate wirelessly with other calculators—Completely
       cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material, such as duct tape or
       electrician's tape (includes Hewlett-Packard hp-38G series and hp-48G)
     • calculators that have power cords—Remove all power/electrical cords.




                                 2008-2009 Edition page 7
                                            Preface
MISSION STATEMENT
   The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a
   world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and
   technological skills.

WORKPLACE SKILLS ASSESSMENT PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
  The Workplace Skills Assessment Program is an integral part of Business Professionals of
  America. The goal of the program is to provide all business students with the opportunity to
  demonstrate workplace skills learned through business education curricula. Students will:
        demonstrate occupational competencies;
        broaden knowledge, skills, and attitudes;
        expand leadership and human relation skills;
        demonstrate a competitive spirit; and
        receive recognition.

CONTENT
  The Guidelines contain general information for all events as well as specific details
  regarding eligibility, equipment use, scoring, etc. The information in the Guidelines is
  essential for members attending the National Leadership Conference.

PURPOSE AND USE OF THE GUIDELINES
  The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide as much information as possible to help prepare
  students for a successful experience at the National Leadership Conference (NLC).
   The Guidelines regulate all national Workplace Skills Assessment Events. State
   associations may choose to deviate from the guidelines provided. You are urged to check
   with your state association for any changes they may make at the regional or state levels.
   Authors, administrators, proctors, and evaluators will strictly follow these guidelines.

ELIGIBILITY
   According to Board policy, “Only members whose dues have been postmarked to the
   National Center by February 15 are eligible for national competition.”

   Advisors are able to verify national membership online or by contacting the National Center.
   Be sure to check your state association membership deadline to ensure eligibility at the
   regional and state levels.
   Please refer to event guidelines for further details regarding contestant eligibility.

AWARDS and RECOGNITION
  For the Secondary Division, the top ten (10) winners shall be recognized at the National
  Leadership Conference. For judged events, all finalists shall be recognized at NLC. For
  general/open events, the top ten (10) scores, plus ties, will be recognized.

   For the Middle Level Division, any event with 20 or more participants, eight (8) finalists shall
   be recognized; events with less than 20 participants, five (5) finalists shall be recognized at
   the National Leadership Conference.

   For the Post-Secondary Division, any event with 20 or more participants, eight (8) finalists
   shall be recognized; events with less than 20 participants, five (5) finalists shall be
   recognized at National Leadership Conference.

                                    2008-2009 Edition page 8
                                 General Guidelines
Eligibility
The guidelines for each event indicate the number of contestants that a state may enter at the
NLC. All entries for Workplace Skills Assessment events must be registered for the NLC
through the state association. In order to compete in an event at the NLC, the individual or team
must have competed in that event at the State Leadership Conference (SLC). Substitutions for
team members are left to the discretion of the state advisor. Any special eligibility requirements
are indicated in the event guidelines.

Number of Contests
   Secondary students may participate in a total of two events, only one of which may be a
   team event. Additionally, a student may compete in an unlimited number of open
   Workplace Skills Assessments within the time constraints of the conference program.
     Post-Secondary students may participate in a total of three events, only one of which
     may be a team event. Additionally, a student may compete in an unlimited number of open
     Workplace Skills Assessments within the time constraints of the conference program.

Software
Software to be used at the National Leadership Conference will be announced in the fall issue
of the Local Advisor’s Bulletin and in the Pre-Conference Booklet published each winter. The
“Events At-A-Glance” chart and each event guideline page list the equipment that may be used.

Event Length
The length of events varies. Times are listed on the “Events At-A-Glance” chart as well as within
the guidelines for each event.

Team Events/Chapter Events
Team events are registered under the chapter name. In addition, each team member and the
person(s) responsible for chapter entries must be indicated in event registration. (Remember
that each student is limited to only one team event.)

Event Registration Changes
The state advisor or state designee must report any change in the original event entrants to the
Director of Educational Programs no later than the deadline designated in the pre-conference
program.

Event Rescheduling
If a student has a time conflict for an event, check with the Competitive Event Headquarters for
the rescheduling procedure. Only time conflicts caused by two concurrent BPA competitive
events may be rescheduled.

Use of Materials
Contestants may not share individual supplies and/or materials once an event begins.

Reference Materials
Some events allow reference materials. Check the guidelines for each contest for further
information.

Workplace Skills Assessments/Contest Review
Advisors may view the national Workplace Skills Assessments at the NLC after all testing has
been completed. A representative from Competitive Event Headquarters will supervise the area.
All tests must remain in the room. Refer to the NLC program for the exact time and location.

                                   2008-2009 Edition page 9
Merit Scholar
Although this test is part of the Special Recognition Awards Program, it will be given at the
same time as the open events. Any member or advisor attending the NLC may take this test on
the activities, history, and programs of Business Professionals of America. Recognition is
provided to all that achieve at least 85 percent. Guidelines are printed in the Special
Recognition/Torch Awards Handbook.

ARMA Rules
For those events including records management as a competency, the Association of Records
Managers and Administrators Rules for Alphabetic Filing will be considered the authority. Refer
to the Style & Reference Manual for excerpts of the ARMA rules. Further information is available
at www.arma.org or complete guidelines may be ordered from ARMA Inc., P.O. Box 8540,
Prairie Village, KS 66208.

Proofreader’s Marks
Standardized proofreader’s marks have been identified by Professional Business Associates
and are listed in the Style & Reference Manual.

Style & Reference Manual
A standard style for documents is located in the Style & Reference Manual. All events will be
authored and scored using the styles given. Failure to follow the Style & Reference Manual
format for any job will result in a score of zero for that job.

Business Ethics
Business Ethics, as listed in the “Competencies” section, may include ideal moral and
professional standards of behavior that should be demonstrated in all work environments.
Questions might cover areas such as use of work time, care of equipment, confidentiality,
honesty, safety practices, and cooperation.

Human Relations
Human Relations, as listed in the “Competencies” section, may include group dynamics,
cooperation, harmony, good employee relationships, employee organization, and interpersonal
attitudes and behaviors.

Communications
Communications, as listed in the “Competencies” section, may include reading, writing,
speaking, and listening skills.

Use of Previous or Sample Tests
No previous Business Professionals of America tests and/or sample tests or facsimiles thereof
(handwritten, photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into the testing area. Contestants who
violate this rule will be disqualified.

Admission to Event Testing Sites
Only the registered contestant will be allowed into the event site. Only advisors serving as
administrators or proctors will be admitted.

Use of School Name in Presentations
School names should not be visible on any equipment, screen savers, etc., utilized during
presentations in front of judges.

Open Events
Advisors may not participate in any events other than Merit Scholar.


                                  2008-2009 Edition page 10
Use of Calculators
Cordless calculators may be used in all events. Calculators and all other electronic devices will
be monitored according to ACT standards in all events. See details on page 8.

Use of Cellular Phones
The use of cellular phones in testing and presentation rooms is prohibited. This pertains to
judges, contest administrators and contestants.

Judges’ Review
There will be a scheduled Judges’ Review at the end of preliminary contests for all students who
participated in the event. Attendance is optional. Advisors will not be allowed in the Judges’
Review.

Judges’ Comments
Judges’ comments will be returned for those contestants providing a stamped envelope(s)
addressed to the local advisor, with the contestant ID number and contest name written on the
flap. The envelope(s) must be given to the proctor at the time of the contest.

Judged Events Requiring Preliminaries and Finals
When the number of entrants in the judged event requires multiple sections, preliminaries and
finals will be held. An equal number of the top contestants from each preliminary section will be
called back for finals. The finals are conducted as a new contest.

Reproduction Equipment
No reproduction equipment (video cameras, cameras, digital cameras, tape or digital recorders,
etc.) will be allowed in the contest room and/or viewing area unless authorized by the Business
Professionals of America National Center.

National Business Education Association (NBEA) Standards
The competency areas of all Business Professionals of America Events are aligned with the
National Business Education Association Standards.

Non-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of Business Professionals of America that no person on the basis of race, color,
religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability shall
be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be
subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity for which it is responsible.

       PLEASE MAKE THIS PUBLICATION AVAILABLE TO YOUR STUDENTS.




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 11
                      Workplace Skills Assessment Events Structure

                                                                              • Fundamental Accounting
                                                                              • Advanced Accounting
                                                   Financial
                                                        Financial             • Computerized Accounting
                                                                              • Payroll Accounting
                                                   Services
                                                        Services              • Managerial Accounting (PS) (Pilot Event)
                                                                              • Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
                                                     New Events Started       • Advanced Spreadsheet Applications (Pilot
                                                         1999-2000              Event)
                                                                              • Banking & Finance
                                                                              • Financial Analyst Team
                                                                              • Economic Research Project- Individual (S)
                                                                              • Economic Research Project–Team (S)
                                                                              • Financial Math & Analysis–Open Event
                                                                              • Insurance Concepts- Open Event


                   Administrative
                     Support

                                                                                   Information
                                                                                   Technology
• Keyboarding Production
• Fundamental Word Processing Skills
• Advanced Word Processing Skills
• Integrated Office Applications
• Desktop Publishing
• Basic Office Systems & Procedures                                                 • PC Servicing and Troubleshooting
• Advanced Office Systems &                                                         • Computer Security Concepts
 Procedures
• Legal Office Procedures
                                                      ASSESSMENT                    • Fundamentals of XHTML
                                                                                    • C++ Programming
• Medical Office Procedures
• Database Applications
                                                        AREAS                       • VB.Net Programming
• Administrative Support Team                                                       • Java Programming
• Administrative Support Research                                                   • Microsoft Network Administration
  Project–Individual (S)                                                            • Novell Network Administration
• Medical Transcription (PS)                                                        • Cisco Network Administration
• Administrative Support Concepts–Open                                              • Computer Animation (Pilot Event)
  Event                                                                             • Digital Media Production
                                                                                    • Network Design Team
                                                                                    • Web Site Design Team
                                                                                    • Web Application Team
                                                                                    • Video Production Team
                     • Global Marketing Team (S)
                                                                                    • Software Engineering Team
                     • Entrepreneurship
                     • Small Business Management Team                               • Information Technology Concepts–
                     • Graphic Design Promotion                                       Open Event
                     • Interview Skills
                     • Advanced Interview Skills
                     • Extemporaneous Speech
                     • Human Resource Management
                     • Prepared Speech
                     • Presentation Management–Individual
                     • Presentation Management–Team
                                                                          Management/Marketing/
                     • Parliamentary Procedure Team (S)
                     • Management/Marketing/Human Resources
                                                                            Human Resources
                      Concepts–Open Event
                     • Parliamentary Procedure Concepts–Open
                      Event


                                              2008-2009 Edition page 12
                                          Events At-A-Glance




                                                                                                                                                                                                      Number of state entries
                                                                                                             (See WSAP for details)
                                                 Maximum minutes for




                                                                                                                                                          Color Printing Allowed
                                                                                                                                      Microcomputer and
                                                                                                             materials be used?




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Level for this event
                                                                                                                                                                                                      eligible for national




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Division
                                                 warm-up, wrap-up
                                                                       Actual minutes of
                                                 orientation, prep,




                                                                                           standards used?




                                                                                                                                                                                   Judges utilized*
                                                                                                                                      printer provided
                                                                       testing and /or




                                                                                           Are production


                                                                                                             May reference
                                                                                           May event be
                                                                       presentation




                                                                                                                                                                                                      competition
                                                                                           repeated?




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Event
Financial Services
(01) Fundamental Accounting                           20                    90             N         N               Y                N                                                                      5                  S, PS
(02) Advanced Accounting                              20                    90              Y        N               Y                N                                                                      5                  S, PS
(03) Computerized Accounting                          20                  110               Y        N               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(04) Payroll Accounting                               20                    90              Y        N               Y                N                                                                      5                  S, PS
(05) Managerial Accounting                            20                    90              Y        N               Y                N                                                                      5                   PS
(06) Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications             20                    90             N         N               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(07) Advanced Spreadsheet Applications (Pilot)        20                    90              Y        N               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(08) Banking & Finance                                                      60              Y        N               Y                N                                                                      5                  S, PS
(09) Financial Analyst Team                           10                90/10               Y        N               Y                N                   Y                        2                         2                  S, PS
(10) Economic Research Project—Individual                                    5              Y        N               N                N                                            2                         3                         S
(11) Economic Research Project—Team                                          5              Y        N               N                N                                            2                         2                         S
(12) Financial Math & Analysis—Open Event                                                   Y        N               N                N                                                                     U                   S, PS                       Y
(13) Insurance Concepts- Open Event                                                         Y        N               N                N                                                                     U                   S, PS                       Y
Administrative Support
(20) Keyboarding Production                           20                    60             N         Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS                       Y
(21) Fundamental Word Processing Skills               20                    60             N         Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS                       Y
(22) Advanced Word Processing Skills                  20                    90              Y        Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(23) Integrated Office Applications                   20                    90              Y        Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(24) Desktop Publishing                               20                    90              Y        Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS                       Y
(25) Basic Office Systems & Procedures                20                    90             N         Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(26) Advanced Office Systems & Procedures             20                    90              Y        Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(27) Legal Office Procedures                          20                    60              Y        Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(28) Medical Office Procedures                        20                    60              Y        Y               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(29) Database Applications                            20                    90              Y        N               Y                Y                                                                      5                  S, PS
(30) Administrative Support Team                      20                    90              Y        Y               Y                Y                                                                      2                  S, PS
(31) Admin. Support Research Project—
                                                                             5              Y        N               N                N                                            2                         3                         S
Individual
(32) Medical Transcription                            30                    60              Y        Y               Y                N                                                                      5                   PS
(33) Admin. Support Concepts–Open Event                                                     Y        N               N                N                                                                     U                   S, PS                       Y

            Y = Yes                    *Rating sheets are provided in the guidelines.
            N = No
            S = Secondary
            PS = Post-Secondary
            U = Unlimited




                                                                                                Events At-A-Glance is continued on page 14.




                                            2008-2009 Edition page 13
                                                                                                                                            be used? (See details in




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Associate Division Event
                                                                     Actual minutes of testing



                                                                                                 May event be repeated?




                                                                                                                                            May reference materials
                                            Maximum total minutes




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Number of state entries
                                                                                                                                                                                              Color Printing Allowed
                                            for orientation, prep,



                                                                     and /or presentation




                                                                                                                                                                       and printer provided




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Level for this event
                                                                                                                                            WSAP guidelines )




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eligible for national
                                            warm-up, wrap-up




                                                                                                                          standards used?




                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Judges utilized*
                                                                                                                                                                       Microcomputer
                                                                                                                          Are production




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          competition
Information Technology
(40) PC Servicing & Troubleshooting                                             90                 Y                          N                       N                        N                                                                  5                 S, PS
(41) Computer Security                                                          90                 Y                          N                       N                        N                                                                  5                 S, PS                           Y
(42) Fundamentals of XHTML                        20                            90                 Y                          N                       Y                        Y                                                                  5                 S, PS
(43) C++ Programming                                                            90                 Y                          N                       Y                        N              N                                                   5                 S, PS
(44) VB.Net Programming                                                         90                 Y                          N                       Y                        N              N                                                   5                 S, PS
(45) Java Programming                                                           90                 Y                          N                       Y                        N              N                                                   5                 S, PS
(46) Microsoft Network Administration                                           60                 Y                          N                       Y                        N                                                                  5                 S, PS
(47) Cisco Systems Administration                                               60                 Y                          N                       Y                        N                                                                  5                 S, PS
(48) Computer Animation Team (Pilot)              10                            10                 Y                          Y                       Y                        N              Y                        2                          2                 S, PS
(49) Digital Media Production                     10                            10                 Y                          N                       N                        N                                       2                          3                 S, PS                           Y
(50) Network Design Team                          10                    30/10                      Y                          N                       Y                        N              Y                        2                          2                 S, PS
(51) Web Site Design Team                           5                         2-5                  Y                          N                       Y                        N              Y                        2                          2                 S, PS                           Y
(52) Web Application Team                           5                           10                 Y                          N                       Y                        N              Y                        2                          2                 S, PS
(53) Video Production Team                          5                           10                 Y                          N                       N                        N                                       2                          2                 S, PS                           Y
(54) Software Engineering Team                      5                   30/10                      Y                          N                       Y                        N              Y                        2                          2                 S, PS
(55) Computer Network Technology Concepts                                                          Y                          N                       N                        N                                                                  U                 S, PS                           Y
(56) Information Tech Concepts–Open Event                                                          Y                          N                       N                        N                                                                  U                 S, PS                           Y
Management/Marketing/Human Resources
(60) Global Marketing Team                         10                           10                 Y                          N                       N                        N              Y                        2                          2                         S
(61) Entrepreneurship                               5                           10                 Y                          N                       N                        N              Y                        2                          3                 S, PS                           Y
(62) Small Business Management Team               10                    30/10                      Y                          N                       Y                        N              Y                        2                          2                 S, PS
(63) Graphic Design Promotion                                                        7             Y                          N                       N                        N              Y                        2                          3                 S, PS                           Y
(64) Interview Skills                                                           15                N                           N                       N                        N                                       2                          3                 S, PS                           Y
(65) Advanced Interview Skills                                                  15                 Y                          N                       N                        N              Y                        2                          3                 S, PS                           Y
(66) Extemporaneous Speech                        10                          3-5                  Y                          N                       N                        N                                       2                          3                 S, PS                           Y
(67) Human Resource Management                     30                         5-7                  Y                          N                       Y                        N                                       2                          3                 S, PS
(68) Prepared Speech                                1                         5-7                  Y                          N                       Y                        N                                       2                          3                 S, PS                           Y
(69) Presentation Management–Individual             5                      7-10                    Y                          N                       N                        N              Y                        2                          3                 S, PS
(70) Presentation Management–Team                   5                      7-10                    Y                          N                       N                        N              Y                        2                          2                 S, PS                           Y
(71) Parliamentary Procedure Team                 15                            15                 Y                          N                       Y                        N                                       3                          2                         S
(72) Mgmt/Mktg/HR–Open Event                                                                       Y                          N                       N                        N                                                                  U                 S, PS                           Y
(73) Parli Pro Concepts–Open Event                                                                 Y                          N                       N                        N                                                                  U                 S, PS                           Y

                  Y = Yes                                   *Rating sheets are provided in the guidelines.
                  N = No
                  S = Secondary
                  PS = Post-Secondary
                  U = Unlimited




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        FINANCIAL SERVICES
             EVENTS
(01)   Fundamental Accounting ............................................................................................... 16
(02)   Advanced Accounting .................................................................................................... 18
(03)   Computerized Accounting.............................................................................................. 20
(04)   Payroll Accounting ......................................................................................................... 22
(05)   Managerial Accounting (PS) (Pilot Event) ...................................................................... 24
(06)   Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications ......................................................................... 25
(07)   Advanced Spreadsheet Applications (Pilot Event) ......................................................... 26
(08)   Banking & Finance ........................................................................................................ 27
(09)   Financial Analyst Team ................................................. Judged .................................... 29
(10)   Economic Research Project—Individual (S) .................. Judged .................................... 34
(11)   Economic Research Project—Team (S) ........................ Judged .................................... 42
(12)   Financial Math & Analysis—Open Event ....................................................................... 49
(13)   Insurance Concepts—Open Event ................................................................................ 50




                                             2008-2009 Edition page 15
Fundamental Accounting (01)
Description
Assess entry-level basic accounting principles utilizing manual procedures. Students analyze,
journalize, and post transactions; develop general and subsidiary ledgers; and prepare payroll
and financial reports.
Eligibility
Limited to students enrolled in the first year of accounting or who have completed the first year
and are not enrolled in second year accounting. Contestant may not enter Fundamental
Accounting and Advanced Accounting in the same year. This event may not be repeated.

  Contestant must supply                          No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler              than those specified for an event will be
  Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will      allowed in the testing area.
  be monitored according to ACT standards.        No previous Business Professionals of
  See page 7. Contestants who violate this          America tests and/or sample tests or
  rule will be disqualified.                        facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Published and/or unpublished written              photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   reference materials                              into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                    rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
•  Complete and explain the purpose of the various steps in the accounting cycle
•  Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental accounting equation
•  Apply generally accepted accounting principles to determine the value of assets, liabilities,
   and owner’s equity
•  Define accounting terms and concepts, and explain the purpose of the accounting system
•  Analyze transactions affecting assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity
•  Analyze transactions affecting revenues, expenses, and withdrawals
•  Prepare a chart of accounts using proper numerical sequencing
•  Record transactions in general and special journals
•  Prepare a trial balance
•  Calculate and record end-of-period adjustments
•  Prepare worksheets and financial statements
•  Update accounts through adjusting and closing entries
•  Describe forms used to open and use a checking account
•  Reconcile a bank statement
•  Journalize and post entries relating to bank service charges
•  Differentiate between forms of business ownership
•  Differentiate between a service and a merchandising business
•  Analyze transactions relating to the purchase of merchandise
•  Analyze transactions relating to the sale of merchandise
•  Post from general and special journals to general and subsidiary ledgers
•  Prepare schedules for subsidiary ledgers
•  Open and replenish a petty cash fund and journalize transactions
•  Prepare a post-closing trial balance
•  Process payroll data and prepare basic payroll tax reports
•  Find and correct errors
•  Demonstrate periodic inventory




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Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Advanced Accounting (02)
Description
Interpret and analyze partnerships, corporate, and/or manufacturing accounting data using
manual methods. Students evaluate financial data and budgets, audit inventory and cost
accounts, and perform payroll procedures.

Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. Contestant may not enter Fundamental Accounting and
Advanced Accounting in the same year.
 Contestant must supply                          No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler              than those specified for an event will be
  Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will     allowed in the testing area.
  be monitored according to ACT standards.       No previous Business Professionals of
  Contestants who violate this rule will be        America tests and/or sample tests or
  disqualified.                                    facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Published and/or unpublished written              photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   reference materials                             into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                   rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Complete and explain the purpose of the various steps in the accounting cycle
• Apply generally accepted accounting principles to determine the value of assets, liabilities,
  and owner’s equity
• Prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service, merchandising, and
  manufacturing businesses.
• Apply appropriate accounting principles to payroll, income taxation, managerial systems, and
  various forms of ownership.
• Use planning and control principles to evaluate the performance of an organization and apply
  differential analysis and present-value concepts to make decisions.
• Analyze cash and accounts receivable transactions and record in appropriate journals
• Analyze investment transactions and record in appropriate journals
• Determine and record uncollectible accounts receivable
• Determine interest and maturity value of a promissory note
• Calculate and record payables and receivables
• Calculate inventories using common methods
• Identify plant and intangible asset transactions and record in appropriate journals
• Distinguish between short- and long-term liabilities
• Analyze current liability transactions and record in appropriate journals
• Record adjusting entries for accruals and deferrals
• Analyze equity transactions for various forms of business ownership and record in appropriate
  journals
• Generate interim and end-of-period financial statements including worksheets, income
  statements, balance sheets, equity statements, statement of cash flows, and schedules
• Analyze financial statements through ratio and other analysis procedures
• Update accounts through adjusting and closing entries
• Implement procedures including revenue, costs, and income statements for departmental
  accounting
• Process payroll data and prepare basic payroll tax reports
• Apply accounting concepts for a manufacturing and/or merchandising concern
• Apply accounting concepts for partnerships and corporations


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•   Demonstrate use of voucher systems
•   Calculate and record dividends
•   Demonstrate periodic and perpetual inventory
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 19
Computerized Accounting (03)
Description
Process accounting data using computerized accounting software. Contestants set up
company records on accounting software, journalize, post to ledgers and subsidiary ledgers,
prepare financial statements and payroll records, and perform bank reconciliations. Points are
awarded based on contestant answers to audit questions, as verified by the financial documents
produced.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                          Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler              assumes no responsibility for
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be   hardware/software provided by the
  monitored according to ACT standards.            contestant.
  See page 7. Contestants who violate this No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  rule will be disqualified.                       than those specified for an event will be
 Published and/or unpublished written              allowed in the testing area.
  reference materials                            No previous Business Professionals of
                                                   America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                   facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                   photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                   into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                   rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Complete the purpose of the various steps in the accounting cycle
• Apply generally accepted accounting principles to determine the value of assets, liabilities,
  and owner’s equity
• Prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements using computerized systems for service,
  merchandising, and manufacturing business.
• Apply appropriate accounting principles to payroll, income taxation, managerial systems,
  and various forms of ownership.
• Use planning and control principles to evaluate the performance of an organization and
  apply differential analysis and present-value concepts to make decisions.
• Define accounting terms and concepts
• Analyze transactions affecting assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity
• Analyze transactions affecting revenues, expenses, and withdrawals
• Prepare a chart of accounts using proper numerical sequencing
• Record transactions in general and special journals
• Prepare a trial balance
• Calculate and record end-of-period adjustments
• Prepare financial statements
• Update accounts through adjusting and closing entries
• Reconcile a bank statement
• Journalize and post entries relating to bank service charges
• Differentiate between forms of business ownership
• Differentiate between a service and a merchandising business
• Analyze transactions relating to the sale and purchase of merchandise
• Post from general and special journals to general and subsidiary ledgers
• Prepare schedules for subsidiary ledgers

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•   Open and replenish a petty cash fund and journalize transactions including the cash short and
    over account
•   Prepare a post-closing trial balance
•   Process payroll data and prepare basic payroll tax reports
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 110 minutes testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 21
Payroll Accounting (04)
Description
Process payroll data using manual payroll procedures. Students calculate gross earnings,
complete payroll register, post employee records, and prepare payroll income tax forms. NOTE:
Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide (Publication 15), is recommended as a resource and is available
through www.irs.ustreas.gov.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                          No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler              than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be   allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards.          No previous Business Professionals of
  See page 7. Contestants who violate this         America tests and/or sample tests or
  rule will be disqualified.                       facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Published and/or unpublished written              photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  reference materials                              into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                   rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Complete and explain the purpose of the various steps in the accounting cycle
• Apply generally accepted accounting principles to determine the value of assets, liabilities, and
  owner’s equity
• Prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service, merchandising, and
  manufacturing business
• Apply appropriate accounting principles to payroll, income taxation, managerial systems, and
  various forms of ownership
• Complete new employee personnel forms
• Apply various methods used to determine gross earnings
• Explain the purpose of withholdings and other deductions
• Calculate hourly, piece rate, salaried, commission, and salary/commission earnings
• Create and maintain employee earnings records
• Calculate employee’s payroll taxes including local, state, and federal income taxes, Social
  Security, Medicare, and other payroll deductions to determine net pay
• Calculate employer’s payroll taxes as well as other employee benefits paid by the employer
• Prepare state and federal payroll reports
• Identify laws and regulations relating to payroll procedures
• Record in a journal and post transactions associated with payroll activities
• Create and maintain employee earnings records
• Generate payroll checks
• Prepare a payroll tax deposit
• Complete a payroll register

Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application




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Length of event:
•  No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
•  No more than 90 minutes testing time
•  No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up

Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 23
Managerial Accounting (PS) (05)
Description
Focus on strategic decision-making related to cost analysis and cost management.
Eligibility
Any post-secondary student may enter this event. This event is being piloted at Regional,
State and National level.

 Contestant must supply                          No equipment, supplies, or materials
  Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler           other than those specified for an event
  Cordless calculator: Electronic devices        will be allowed in the testing area.
  will be monitored according to ACT             No previous Business Professionals of
  standards.                                     America tests and/or sample tests or
  See page 7. Contestants who violate            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  this rule will be disqualified.                photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  Published and/or unpublished written           into the testing area. Violation of this
  reference materials                            rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Differentiate between managerial and financial accounting
• Define materials, factory labor, and factory overhead costs
• Prepare entries for Job Order Cost and Process Costing Systems
• Calculate partially completed units under the FIFO or Weighted Average method
• Prepare a Cost of Production Report
• Classify costs by behavior
• Calculate break-even, target profit
• Prepare a variable costing Income Statement
• Prepare an absorption costing Income Statement
• Describe the basic types of the budgets
• Prepare a Cash Budget
• Describe standard costing and variances
• Calculate price and time variances
• Describe responsibility accounting
• Use differential analysis for making decisions
• Determine selling price, total cost, product cost using variable cost concepts
• Explain capital investment analysis
• Apply methods of allocating overhead

Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application

Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up




                                2008-2009 Edition page 24
Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications (06)
Description
Create, design, and test templates for spreadsheet applications that include variables, reports,
and formats. Students enter and format data, enter and copy formulas, and print full documents
or cell contents.
Eligibility
This event may not be repeated.

    Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America assumes
    Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler              no responsibility for hardware/software
    Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be   provided by the contestant.
    monitored according to ACT standards.             No equipment, supplies, or materials other
    Contestants who violate this rule will be         than those specified for an event will be
    disqualified.                                     allowed in the testing area.
    Published and/or unpublished written reference    No previous Business Professionals of
    materials                                         America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                      facsimiles thereof (handwritten, photocopied,
                                                      or keyed) may be taken into the testing area.
                                                      Violation of this rule will result in
                                                      disqualification.
Competencies:
• Solve problems resulting from the use of an application software.
• Use input technologies appropriately to enter and manipulate text and data.
• Use spreadsheet software
• Create and format spreadsheets
• Enter and edit data on spreadsheets
• Analyze spreadsheet data
• Create charts
• Analyze data on charts
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
•  No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
•  No more than 90 minutes testing time
•  No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Advanced Spreadsheet Applications (07)
Description
Develop effective solutions to business problems using many of the advanced features
within the Microsoft Excel skill standards for the MOS Spreadsheet Expert Exam.

Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. This event is being piloted at Regional, State and National
level.
 Contestant must supply                         No equipment, supplies, or materials
Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler              other than those specified for an
Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will      event will be allowed in the testing
be monitored according to ACT standards.          area.
 See page 7. Contestants who violate this       No previous Business Professionals
rule will be disqualified.                        of America tests and/or sample
Published and/or unpublished written              tests or facsimiles thereof
  reference materials                             (handwritten, photocopied, or
                                                  keyed) may be taken into the
                                                  testing area. Violation of this rule
                                                  will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Importing and exporting data
• Managing workbooks
• Formatting numbers
• Working with ranges
• Customizing Excel
• Using macros
• Auditing worksheets
• Summarizing data
• Analyzing data
• Workgroup collaboration

Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event

Method of evaluation:
• Application

Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up




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Banking & Finance (08)
Description
Demonstrate and apply fundamental knowledge of the banking industry. This entry-level event
tests the student’s knowledge of bank operations, bank services, loans, credit administration, and
customer service.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

Contestant must supply                          No equipment, supplies, or materials other
Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler              than those specified for an event will be
Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be   allowed in the testing area.
monitored according to ACT standards.           No previous Business Professionals of
 See page 7. Contestants who violate this         America tests and/or sample tests or
 rule will be disqualified.                       facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
Published and/or unpublished written              photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
 reference materials                              into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                  rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Evaluate services provided by financial deposit institutions to transfer funds.
• Analyze factors that affect the choice of credit, the cost of credit, and the legal aspects of
  using credit.
• Analyze the role and importance of agency law and employment law as they relate to the
  conduct of business in the national and international marketplaces.
• Analyze the functions of commercial paper, insurance, secured transactions, and bankruptcy.
• Determine the appropriateness of wills and trusts in estate planning.
• Communicate in a clear, courteous, concise, and correct manner on personal and
  professionals levels.
• Incorporate appropriate leadership and supervision techniques, customer service strategies,
  and personal ethics standard to communicate effectively with various business
  constituencies.
• Apply basic mathematical operations to solve problems.
• Solve problems involving whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, ratios, averages, and
  proportions.
• Use mathematical procedures to analyze and solve business problems.
• Calculate problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, and
  decimals
• Identify the primary functions of banks and other financial institutions
• Distinguish between banks and other financial institutions and the services provided by each
• Identify basic rules and procedures for handling cash
• Identify and compare various types of investment instruments
• Define practices related to the use of checks and other negotiable instruments
• Perform the steps needed to open and use a checking account
• Reconcile a bank statement
• Identify procedures for effectively assisting customers
• Describe types of loans and practices related to obtaining a loan
• Calculate the interest amount on a loan
• Explain credit and why it is used
• Define interest and why it is charged

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•   Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different savings and investing plans
•   Explain factors that affect the rate of return on a given savings or investment plan
•   Describe the FDIC and discuss government regulations in banking
•   Identify procedures for prevention of bank fraud
•   Describe services offered as a result of banking technology
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than 60 minutes testing time
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 28
Financial Analyst Team (09)
Description
Use analytical and problem solving skills to make decisions and recommendations using financial
reports, both internal and external. The team analyzes and interprets computer reports from a
business case study.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. A team will consist of 2-4 members. At least one (1) member
should have an accounting background.

 Team must supply                                      Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler                    assumes no responsibility for
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be         hardware/software provided by the team.
 monitored according to ACT standards.                    No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 See page 7. Contestants who violate this rule            than those specified for an event will be
 will be disqualified.                                    allowed in the testing area.
 Published and/or unpublished written reference        No previous Business Professionals of
 materials                                               America tests and/or sample tests or
 One (1) laptop/notebook computer per team.              facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Team must bring all supporting devices (e.g.,           photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
 extension cords, power supply, printer, paper, etc.     into the testing area. Violation of this
 Optional                                                rule will result in disqualification.
 Poster board, easel, flipcharts, and markers
 Projector/Props

Competencies:
• Apply generally accepted accounting principles to determine the value of assets, liabilities, and
  owner’s equity
• Prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service, merchandising, and
  manufacturing business.
• Use planning and control principles to evaluate the performance of an organization and apply
  differential analysis and present-value concepts to make decisions. Analyze factors that affect
  the choice of credit, the cost of credit, and the legal aspects of using credit.
• Analyze the role and importance of agency law and employment law as they relate to the
  conduct of business in the national and international marketplaces.
• Communicate in a clear, courteous, concise, and correct manner on personal and
  professionals levels.
• Apply basic mathematical operations to solve problems.
• Use mathematical procedures to analyze and solve business problems.
• Complete and analyze comparative financial statements
• Analyze financial statements including ratio analysis
• Prepare and analyze budgets
• Perform forecasting
• Identify risks that affect business decisions
• Analyze and interpret financial data using common statistical procedures
• Enter and edit data using spreadsheet software
• Prepare a technical written report
• Present findings in a formal presentation using supporting materials




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Equipment/supplies provided:
• No computers will be provided in preparation room or presentation room.
• Projection surface provided at national competition only.
Preparation Room:
Teams are allowed to use only one computer in the preparation room. Teams must bring one
laptop/notebook computer, portable printer, software, and paper for use in the preparation room.
Carry-in and set-up of equipment must be done solely by the contestants and take place within the
time allotted for orientation/warm-up.

Method of evaluation:
• Application (Judges’ rating sheet)
• Team presentation of business solutions (all team members must participate with no indication
   of student names, chapter, location, city, state, etc.)
• Question/answer period by judges on the case problem presented
Length of event:
Preliminary
• No more than five (5) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes preparation time
Finals
• No more than ten (10) minutes set-up in presentation room
• No more than ten (10) minutes presentation time
• No more than five (5) minutes for judges’ questions
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 30
                         Financial Analyst Team (09)
                     Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number ____________                                        Team Number ____________

PRELIMINARIES
                                  Below                                               Points
Items to Evaluate                Average      Average        Good      Excellent      Earned
Solution of Problem:
• Accuracy of Response             1-50        51-100        101-150    151-200
Written Report:
• Rationale                         1-6         7-13          14-19      20-25
• Accuracy of Report               1-16         17-33         34-47      48-65
• Format of Report                  1-6         7-13          14-19      20-25
                                                                            TOTAL
                                                                           POINTS
                                                                             (315)
FINALS
                                  Below                                               Points
Items to Evaluate                Average      Average        Good      Excellent      Earned
Oral Presentation:
• Opening and Summary               1-6         7-13          14-19      20-25
• Content of Presentation/
                                   1-16         17-33         34-47      48-65
   Rationale
• Effectiveness of
   presentation; participation
   by all team members, no         1-10         11-20         21-30      31-40
   indication of chapter,
   student names, location,
   city, state, etc.
Answers to Judges’
Questions
                                    1-6         7-13          14-19      20-25

                                                                            TOTAL
                                                                           POINTS
                                                                             (155)

FINALS
SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none awarded by the proctor per team, not per judge.
• Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes                                       10
• All registered team members present for the entire event (awarded if same members are
                                                                                          20
   present for all portions of the test)
                                                                             Total Points 30




                                 2008-2009 Edition page 31
SUMMARY TOTALS:

       PRELIMINARY SCORE                      PRESENTATION (FINAL)SCORE
                (315 Points)                                   (155 Points)




                                                     SPECIFICATION POINTS
        PRELIMINARY RANK                                 (30 points maximum)
                                                                 TOTAL SCORE
                                                           (500 points maximum)

                                                                  FINAL RANK




                               2008-2009 Edition page 32
                       Financial Analyst Team (09)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

 Judge Number                                             Team Number          __
COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of team competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 33
Economic Research Project–Individual (S) (10)
Description
One economic research topic is selected by National Business Professionals of America and
provided at the beginning of the school year. The student will conduct research on the topic and
present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of
judges.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. Each contestant may submit only one (1) research paper.
Students participating in National Level Competition must be registered for the event prior to
submission deadline for technical judging.

   Contestant must supply                           No equipment, supplies, or materials other
   One envelope containing the materials              than those specified for an event will be
    required for the interview, as listed in the      allowed in the testing area.
    specifications section.                         No previous Business Professionals of
   Notes or note cards for oral presentation          America tests and/or sample tests or
    (optional)                                        facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
   Props and/or electronic presentations are          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   not allowed.                                       into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                      rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic economic concepts in exploring and
  analyzing economic issues
• Communicate research in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing
• Analyze and discuss changes in the global economy and how they impact the U.S. economy
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
 • Explore basic economic concepts that affect the workplace
 • Identify economic systems
 • Explain how economic growth can be promoted and measured
 • Conduct research using various resources and methods
 • Analyze basic economic problems
 • Evaluate and make decisions on economic issues based on research
 • Prepare a research paper using the report format provided in the Style & Reference Manual
 • Discuss findings and respond to questions
Specifications:
• The completed research paper only (as a pdf file) must be submitted to the National Center by e-
   mail at econresind@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2009. The subject
   line of the message should be “Econ. Res. Proj. Ind- contestant number.” The use of e-mail
   delivery receipt is encouraged, as confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by the National
   Center. No fax or mailed copies will be accepted.
• Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
   materials. The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
   registered contestants, those missing contestant number and/or projects received after
   the deadline cannot be accepted.
• No changes can be made to the paper after the date of submission.



                                     2008-2009 Edition page 34
•    The research paper must follow the report format located in the Style & Reference Manual with
     the exception of the following: omit Sender, Recipient, Recipient Title and Date from report
     format (pertinent information is noted on title page, described below).
•    Each research paper must include a title page which follows the Style & Reference Manual
     format.
•    Length of document is limited to five (5) double-spaced, single-sided, numbered pages with one-
     inch margins. The title page and works cited are not included in the five pages.
•    No additional charts, tables, graphics, etc. will be accepted.
•    Each research paper must reflect the contestant’s own research, writing, and original thinking.
•    The research paper and entry form must be typed/word-processed.
•    Each paper must include word-processed works cited page.
•    Two (2) copies of the completed research paper and two (2) copies of the entry form must be
     submitted at the time of the interview at the NLC at both Preliminary and Final Competition.
•    Oral presentations will be limited to five (5) minutes for presenting conclusions to the panel of
     judges and ten (10) minutes to answer judges’ questions. Notes or note cards may be used.

Topic
Gas prices in the United States are at an all-time high. The impact on the economy from the
increased prices is extensive as both businesses and individuals consume gasoline. Businesses
and consumers on all levels must make choices about how they will absorb the increased costs as
gas prices continue to rise.

Research on this topic may include, but is not limited to the following:
    • The history of petroleum based energy
    • Supply and demand for gasoline
    • Elasticity or Inelasticity of gasoline
    • Effects of high priced gasoline on business costs
    • Effects of high priced gasoline on consumer spending
    • Strategies to curb spending other than using less gasoline
    • Solutions to becoming less dependent on petroleum

    Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheets)
• Panel of judges reviews each research paper, oral presentation, and response to judges’
   questions
Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes presentation time
• No more than ten (10) minutes for judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                       2008-2009 Edition page 35
Materials submitted for technical judging cannot be returned. It is the local chapter
advisor’s responsibility to pick up materials submitted at the time of competition. A time
and place for material pick-up will be published in the conference program. Any materials
not picked up will be destroyed on site.




                                 2008-2009 Edition page 36
                 Economic Research Project–Individual (10)
                                          Entry Form
Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be
accepted.

Please note:
The Contestant Number is the same as the Member Number in the BPA On-line Registration System.

Name                                                                       Grade

Contestant Number _____________________________________________________________

School Name

School Address

City                                                   State                        ZIP

School Phone                                           School Fax

Advisor Name                         _______________________________________________

E-mail                        ________________________________________________

                                           Student Verification


I, the undersigned, attest that the research for this project was conducted solely by me, and that the
work resulting from my efforts is original.


Student signature                                                          Date


                                           Advisor Verification


I have read the essay and verify that it reflects the above-named student’s original work.


Advisor signature                                                          Date




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 37
                 Economic Research Project–Individual (10)
               Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
      Judge Number ___________                                     Contestant Number____________

 Items to Evaluate
                      Inadequate        Satisfactory             Competent                Excellent             Points
    RESEARCH
                      1-16 points       17-33 points            34-49 points             50-65 points           Earned
      PAPER
                     • Topic not        • Topic not clear   •   Clear message        • Ideas well-organized
Comprehension          identified       • Searching for     •   General              • Demonstrates
                     • Not focused        ideas             •   Functional             understanding of
                     • Random           • No clear          •   Difficult to focus     subject matter
                       thoughts           purpose           •   Shows some           • Easy to read
                     • Difficult to     • Hard to picture       purpose              • All important points
                       read                                                            covered
                     • Desperate for                                                 • Free of content errors
                       ideas                                                         • Awareness of issue
                                                                                     • Grasps overall issue
                     • No logic         • Somewhat          • Mostly logical         • Argument follows
Organization         • No continuity      logical           • Some structure           logical progression
                     • Gaps of          • Difficult to      • Some critical          • Easily understood
                       information        understand          connections            • Orderly presentation
                                        • Irregular                                  • Structured to keep
                                          pacing                                       reader interested
                     • No argument      • Too broad         • Vague argument         • Logical argument
Conclusions          • Passive          • Lacking detail    • Weak evidence          • Evidence to support
                     • Struggling       • Meaning           • Lacking in             • Convincing
                                          obscured            purpose                • Factual findings/
                                                                                       discoveries
                                                                                     • Compelling summary
                     • Inadequate       • Lacking in        • Weak resources         • Diverse resources,
Creativity             resources          resources         • Shows some               including interviews
                     • Bland            • General             passion                • Creative angle on the
                     • Rote             • Acceptable        • Some originality         issue
                       response                             • Obvious images         • Originality
                     • Colorless                                                     • Proficiency
                                                                                     • Inventiveness
                     • Need for         • Limited           • Readable               • Correct grammar,
Writing                editing            correctness       • Questionable             spelling, punctuation
                     • Misuse of        • Stumbling           meaning                • Concise language
                       words            • Disjointed        • Functional             • Sentence structure/
                     • Imprecise                                                       patterns
                                                                                     • Expressiveness


Technical Specification Points
• Word-processed research paper according to Style and Reference Manual                        15
• Word-processed works cited page                                                              10
                                                     TOTAL RESEARCH PAPER POINTS (350)




                                       2008-2009 Edition page 38
          Economic Research Project – Individual (10)
 Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number ____________                                                Contestant Number ___________
                                                                                                             Points
Item to Evaluate       Inadequate            Satisfactory         Competent             Excellent            Earned
Presentation           1-30 points           31-65 points        66-95 points         96-125 points
                      • Ideas not            • Lacks            • Main idea evident   • Ideas clearly
ORAL                    focused                organization     • Introduction not      organized
                      • Undeveloped          • Introduction       well developed      • Introduction gets
PRESENTATION/           introduction           irrelevant                               attention
                                                                • Awkward
INTERVIEW             • Transitions          • Choppy             transitions         • Smooth transitions
                        needed                 transitions      • Conclusion needs    • Satisfying
                      • Limited              • Abrupt             development           conclusion
                        conclusion             conclusion       • Language choice     • Language vivid and
                      • Ineffective          • Dull language      limited               precise
                        language choice        choice           • Clear ideas         • Convincing
                      • Ideas difficult to   • Random ideas       expressed
                        follow                 expressed

                                                               TOTAL PRESENTATION POINTS (125)

PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not per
judge.
• Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                       10
• Two (2) copies of documents submitted at time of presentation                           15

                                                  TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (25)


TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                                    PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                (350 points maximum)                              Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                                  Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                            PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                            DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                               PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                     POINTS
                                                                         (25 points maximum)

                                                                  TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                            RANK




                                        2008-2009 Edition page 39
            Economic Research Project – Individual (10)
      Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number ____________                                                 Contestant Number ___________
                                                                                                              Points
Item to Evaluate       Inadequate            Satisfactory          Competent             Excellent            Earned
Presentation           1-30 points           31-65 points         66-95 points         96-125 points
                      • Ideas not            • Lacks             • Main idea evident   • Ideas clearly
ORAL                    focused                organization      • Introduction not      organized
                      • Undeveloped          • Introduction        well developed      • Introduction gets
PRESENTATION/           introduction           irrelevant                                attention
                                                                 • Awkward
INTERVIEW             • Transitions          • Choppy              transitions         • Smooth transitions
                        needed                 transitions       • Conclusion needs    • Satisfying
                      • Limited              • Abrupt              development           conclusion
                        conclusion             conclusion        • Language choice     • Language vivid and
                      • Ineffective          • Dull language       limited               precise
                        language choice        choice            • Clear ideas         • Convincing
                      • Ideas difficult to   • Random ideas        expressed
                        follow                 expressed
                                                                  TOTAL PRESENTATION POINTS (100)

PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not per
judge.
• Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                       10
• Two (2) copies of documents submitted at time of presentation                           15

                                                  TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (25)


                                                               FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                                   Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                                   Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                            PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                            DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                               PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                     POINTS
                                                                         (25 points maximum)

                                                                  TOTAL (150 points maximum)

                                                                                             RANK




                                        2008-2009 Edition page 40
             Economic Research Project—Individual (10)
                Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                             Contestant Number ____________
COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of team competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                               2008-2009 Edition page 41
Economic Research Project–Team (S) (11)
Description
   One economic research topic is selected by National Business Professionals of America and
   provided at the beginning of the school year. The team will conduct research on the topic and
   present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel
   of judges.
Eligibility
    Any student may enter this team event. A team will consist of 2-4 members. Each team may
    submit only one (1) research paper. Students participating in National Level Competition must be
    registered for the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.

 Team must supply                                       No equipment, supplies, or materials other than
   One envelope containing the materials required         those specified for an event will be allowed
   for the interview, as listed in the specifications     in the testing area.
   section.                                             No previous Business Professionals of
   Notes or note cards for oral presentation              America tests and/or sample tests or
   (optional)                                             facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Props and/or electronic presentations are not            photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into the
 allowed.                                                 testing area. Violation of this rule will result
                                                          in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic economic concepts in exploring and
  analyzing economic issues
• Communicate research in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Analyze and discuss changes in the global economy and how they impact the US economy
• Explore basic economic concepts that affect the workplace
• Identify economic systems
• Explain how economic growth can be promoted and measured
• Conduct research using various resources and methods
• Analyze basic economic problems
• Evaluate and make decisions on economic issues based on research
• Prepare a research paper using the report format found in the Style & Reference Manual
• Discuss findings and respond to questions
Specifications:
• The completed research paper only (as a pdf file) must be submitted to the National Center by
   e-mail at econresteam@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2009. The
   subject line of the message should be “Economic Res. Proj. Team- chapter number.” The use
   of e-mail delivery receipt is encouraged, as confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by
   the National Center. No fax or mailed copies will be accepted.
• Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
   materials. The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
   registered contestants, those missing chapter number and/or projects received after the
   deadline cannot be accepted.
• No changes can be made to the paper after the date of submission.
• The research paper must follow the report format located in the Style & Reference Manual with
   the exception of the following:
   omit Sender, Recipient, Recipient Title and Date from report format (pertinent information is noted
   on title page, described below).
• Each research paper must include a title page which follows the Style & Reference Manual format.


                                      2008-2009 Edition page 42
•   Length of document is limited to five (5) double-spaced, single-sided, numbered pages with
    one-inch margins. The title page and works cited are not included in the five pages.
•   No additional charts, tables, graphics, etc. will be accepted.
•   Each research paper must reflect the research, writing, and original thinking of the team.
•   The research paper and entry form must be typed/word-processed.
•   Each paper must include a word-processed works cited page.
•   Two (2) copies of the completed research paper and two (2) copies of the entry form must be
    submitted the NLC, at both Preliminary and Final Competition.
•   Oral presentation will be limited to five (5) minutes for presenting conclusions to the panel of
    judges and ten (10) minutes to answer judges’ questions. Notes or note cards may be used.


Topic
People love chocolate. From its early beginnings, chocolate has been revered as a “special” food.
In the U.S. market, there were a few big companies that produced most of the candy to satisfy
consumers. However, changing tastes have begun to demand a different type of chocolate. Not
only do people want a different product, but they have become concerned about how the cocoa
beans are grown and about the people that grow them.

Research on this industry may include, but is not limited to the following:
• The history of chocolate
• Production and raw materials used to make chocolate
• Competition of big candy companies in the U.S. market
• Changing tastes of consumers
• Organic chocolate
• The connection between chocolate and human rights
• How the big companies have adapted to a changing market
• Challenges for the future


Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheets)
• Panel of judges reviews each research paper, oral presentation and response to judges’ questions.
Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes presentation time
• No more than ten (10) minutes of judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.

Materials submitted for technical judging cannot be returned. It is the local chapter advisor’s
responsibility to pick up materials submitted at the time of competition. A time and place for
material pick-up will be published in the conference program. Any materials not picked up
will be destroyed on site.




                                      2008-2009 Edition page 43
                    Economic Research Project–Team (11)
                               Entry Form
Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be
accepted.

Name                                                                       Grade

Name                                                                       Grade

Name                                                                       Grade

Name                                                                       Grade

Chapter Number _______________________________________________________________

School Name

School Address

City                                                State                          ZIP

School Phone                                        School Fax

Advisor Name                                 __________________________________________

E-mail                               ________________________________________________

                                      Student Verification

We, the undersigned, attest that the research for this project was conducted solely by the team
members and that the work resulting from our efforts is original.


Student signature                                                          Date


Student signature                                                          Date


Student signature                                                          Date


Student signature                                                          Date

                                      Advisor Verification

I have read the essay and verify that it reflects the above-named students’ original work.


Advisor signature                                                          Date

                                    2008-2009 Edition page 44
                 Economic Research Project–Team (11)
             Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number ____________                                                                 Team Number ________

Items to Evaluate
                         Inadequate               Satisfactory          Competent            Excellent             Points
   RESEARCH
                         1-16 points              17-33 points         34-49 points         50-65 points           Earned
     PAPER
Comprehension        • Topic not              • Topic not clear    • Clear message    • Ideas well organized
                         identified           • Searching for      • General          • Demonstrates
                     •   Not focused              ideas            • Functional           understanding of
                     •   Random               • No clear           • Difficult to         subject matter
                         thoughts                 purpose            focus            •   Easy to read
                     •   Difficult to read    • Hard to picture    • Shows some       •   All important points
                     •   Desperate for                               purpose              covered
                         ideas                                                        •   Free of content errors
                                                                                      •   Awareness of issue
                                                                                      •   Grasps overall issue
Organization         • No logic               • Somewhat           • Mostly logical   •   Argument follows
                     • No continuity              logical          • Some structure       logical progression
                     • Gaps of                •   Difficult to     • Some critical    •   Easily understood
                         information              understand           connections    •   Orderly presentation
                                              •   Irregular                           •   Structured to keep
                                                  pacing                                  reader interested
Conclusions          • No argument            •   Too broad        • Vague            •   Logical argument
                     • Passive                •   Lacking detail     argument         •   Evidence to support
                     • Struggling             •   Meaning          • Weak evidence    •   Convincing
                                                  obscured         • Lacking in       •   Factual findings/
                                                                     purpose              discoveries
                                                                                      •   Compelling summary
Creativity           • Inadequate             • Lacking in         • Weak             •   Diverse resources,
                         resources                resources            resources          including interviews
                     • Bland                  • General            • Shows some       •   Creative angle on the
                     • Rote response          • Acceptable             passion            issue
                     • Colorless                                   •   Some           •   Originality
                                                                       originality    •   Proficiency
                                                                   •   Obvious        •   Inventiveness
                                                                       images
Writing              • Need for               • Limited            •   Readable       • Correct grammar,
                       editing                  correctness        •   Questionable       spelling, punctuation
                     • Misuse of              • Stumbling              meaning        • Concise language
                       words                  • Disjointed         •   Functional     • Sentence structure/
                     • Imprecise                                                          patterns
                                                                                      • Expressiveness


Technical Specification Points
• Word-processed research paper according to Style and Reference
                                                                                                     15
  Manual
• Word-processed works cited page                                                                    10
                                                              TOTAL RESEARCH PAPER POINTS (350)




                                             2008-2009 Edition page 45
              Economic Research Project–Team (11)
   Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
   Judge Number                                                                         Team Number
Item to Evaluate     Inadequate            Satisfactory          Competent              Excellent                   Points
Presentation         1- 30 points          31-65 points          66-95 points           96-125 points               Earned
ORAL                 • Ideas not           • Lacks               • Main idea            • Ideas clearly organized
PRESENTATION/I           focused               organization          evident            • Introduction gets
                     •   Undeveloped       •   Introduction      •   Introduction not     attention
NTERVIEW                 introduction          irrelevant            well developed     • Smooth transitions
                     •   Transitions       •   Choppy            •   Awkward            • Satisfying conclusion
                         needed                transitions           transitions        • Language vivid and
                     •   Limited           •   Abrupt            •   Conclusion           precise
                         conclusion            conclusion            needs              • Convincing
                     •   Ineffective       •   Dull language         development
                         language              choice            •   Language
                         choice            •   Random ideas          choice limited
                     •   Ideas difficult       expressed         •   Clear ideas
                         to follow                                   expressed
                                                           TOTAL PRESENTATION POINTS (125)

PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not
per judge.
• Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                      10
• Two (2) copies of documents submitted at time of presentation                          15

                                                   TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (25)


TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                                        PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

              (350 points maximum )                                   Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                                      Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                               PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                               DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                                PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                      POINTS
                                                                          (25 points maximum)

                                                                     TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                                    RANK




                                           2008-2009 Edition page 46
                Economic Research Project–Team (11)
        Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
   Judge Number                                                                         Team Number
Item to Evaluate     Inadequate            Satisfactory          Competent              Excellent                   Points
Presentation         1- 30 points          31-65 points          66-95 points           96-125 points               Earned
ORAL                 • Ideas not           • Lacks               • Main idea            • Ideas clearly organized
PRESENTATION/            focused               organization          evident            • Introduction gets
                     •   Undeveloped       •   Introduction      •   Introduction not     attention
INTERVIEW                introduction          irrelevant            well developed     • Smooth transitions
                     •   Transitions       •   Choppy            •   Awkward            • Satisfying conclusion
                         needed                transitions           transitions        • Language vivid and
                     •   Limited           •   Abrupt            •   Conclusion           precise
                         conclusion            conclusion            needs              • Convincing
                     •   Ineffective       •   Dull language         development
                         language              choice            •   Language
                         choice            •   Random ideas          choice limited
                     •   Ideas difficult       expressed         •   Clear ideas
                         to follow                                   expressed
                                                                 TOTAL PRESENTATION POINTS (125)


PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not
per judge.
• Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                  10
• Two (2) copies of documents submitted at time of presentation                      15

                                               TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (25)


                                                               FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                                      Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                                      Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                               PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                               DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                                PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                      POINTS
                                                                          (25 points maximum)

                                                                       TOTAL (125 points maximum)

                                                                                                    RANK




                                           2008-2009 Edition page 47
                Economic Research Project—Team (11)
                 Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                              Team Number
 COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
 (Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
 manner regarding your analysis of team competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                               2008-2009 Edition page 48
Financial Math & Analysis–Open Event (12)
Description
Assess knowledge of basic math concepts. Students solve practical math problems related to
work and consumer issues.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards. See        No previous Business Professionals of
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule          America tests and/or sample tests or
  will be disqualified.                              facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                     result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental math concepts
• Apply mathematical reasoning skills to consumer and work-related problems
• Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems
• Convert whole numbers, fractions, ratios, or percentages from one form to another
• Calculate averages, simple ratios, and proportions using whole numbers and decimals
• Read simple graphs and charts to solve problems
• Perform financial computations related to payroll, interest, and invoicing
• Identify and correct errors
• Solve practical consumer problems related to spending concepts, banking, taxes,
  investments, and financial planning

Method of evaluation:
• Objective
Entries:
• Unlimited




                                    2008-2009 Edition page 49
Insurance Concepts–Open Event (13)
Description
Assess knowledge of insurance practices, procedures and concepts. Test questions are
offered by the Insurance Education Institute. Completion of the test with 85% score or higher
will result in competency certification by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation.

Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

    Contestant must supply                          No equipment, supplies, or materials other
    Sharpened no. 2 pencils                           than those specified for an event will be
    Cordless calculator (optional): Electronic        allowed in the testing area.
      devices will be monitored according to ACT    No previous Business Professionals of
      standards. See page 7. Contestants              America tests and/or sample tests or
      who violate this rule will be disqualified.     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                      photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                      rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies*:
• Identify the benefits of insurance including indemnification for loss, reduction of worry and
  fear, source of investment income and loss prevention
• Identify operations within an insurance organization including insurance occupations,
  such as actuarial science, underwriting, production, claim settlement, reinsurance and
  investments, insurance sales and marketing
• Identify requirements of an insurable risk (number of exposure units, accidental and
  intentional, determinability and measurability of loss, catastrophic loss, chance of loss
  must be calculable, economic feasibility of the premium feasible, etc.)
• Apply risk management strategies including risk avoidance, risk control and risk transfer
• Analyze how risk is transferred from the insured to the insurer
• Evaluate the spread of losses incurred by the few over the entire group (average loss
  versus actual loss)
• Examine the characteristics of an entire population by observing characteristics of
  sample groups

Method of evaluation:
• Objective

Entries:
•  Unlimited



*Competencies provided by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation through the
 Insurance Risk Management Center for Learning




                                    2008-2009 Edition page 50
                ADMINISTRATIVE
                SUPPORT EVENTS
(20)   Keyboarding Production ................................................................................................ 52
(21)   Fundamental Word Processing Skills ............................................................................ 53
(22)   Advanced Word Processing Skills ................................................................................. 54
(23)   Integrated Office Applications ........................................................................................ 55
(24)   Desktop Publishing ........................................................................................................ 56
(25)   Basic Office Systems & Procedures .............................................................................. 57
(26)   Advanced Office Systems & Procedures ....................................................................... 58
(27)   Legal Office Procedures ................................................................................................ 59
(28)   Medical Office Procedures............................................................................................. 60
(29)   Database Applications ................................................................................................... 61
(30)   Administrative Support Team ........................................................................................ 62
(31)   Administrative Support Research Project—Ind. (S) ....... Judged .................................... 63
(32)   Medical Transcription (PS).... ...................................................................................... ..70
(33)   Administrative Support Concepts—Open Event ............................................................ 71




                                             2008-2009 Edition page 51
Keyboarding Production (20)
Description
Evaluate entry-level skills in keyboarding and document production.
Eligibility
Secondary students who have completed one year (or less) of keyboarding and/or word
processing and are not enrolled in the second year.
Post-Secondary students who have completed one semester (or less) of keyboarding and/or
word processing and are not enrolled in the second semester.
This event may not be repeated or entered by a student who has previously competed in
Keyboarding Production, Fundamental Word Processing Skills or Advanced Word Processing
Skills. Students may compete in only one of the following events each year: Keyboarding
Production, Fundamental Word Processing Skills, or Advanced Word Processing Skills.
 Contestant must supply                             Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                        assumes no responsibility for
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be      hardware/software provided by the
  monitored according to ACT standards. See           contestant.
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule         No equipment, supplies, or materials
  will be disqualified.                               other than those specified for an event
 Published and/or unpublished written reference       will be allowed in the testing area.
  materials                                         No previous Business Professionals of
                                                      America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                      facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                      photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                      rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Apply beginning-level keyboarding and document formatting skills to produce business documents
• Demonstrate basic knowledge of word processing software functions
• Format and key letters, memos, tables, columns, and reports
• Students will correct their own work
• Revise, edit, and spell-check documents
• Use paragraph formatting, tab settings, and text enhancements (e.g., bold, italics, underline)
• Key and format addresses (labels)
• Use electronic and hard copy references to assist in preparing documents (e.g., help screens,
  spell-check, thesaurus, reference manual, dictionary)
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 60 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
•   Each state is allowed five (5) entries.


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 Fundamental Word Processing Skills (21)
 Description
 Evaluate fundamental skills in word processing and document production.
 Eligibility
 This event may not be repeated or entered by a student who has previously competed in
 Advanced Word Processing Skills. Students may compete in only one of the following events each
 year: Keyboarding Production, Fundamental Word Processing Skills, or Advanced Word
 Processing Skills.
  Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America assumes
  Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       no responsibility for hardware/software
  Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     provided by the contestant.
   monitored according to ACT standards.            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
   See page 7. Contestants who violate this           than those specified for an event will be
   rule will be disqualified.                         allowed in the testing area.
  Published and/or unpublished written reference    No previous Business Professionals of
   materials                                          America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                      facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                      photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                      the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                      result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Apply intermediate-level keyboarding and word processing skills to produce business documents
• Demonstrate basic knowledge of word processing software functions, including formatting and
  keying text in columns
• Create and format tables; format and key letters, memos, news releases, agendas, and reports
• Insert graphics and special characters in documents
• Students will correct their own work
• Use paragraph formatting, tab settings and text enhancements
• Proofread using edited copy
• Use electronic and hard copy references to assist in preparing documents (e.g., help screens,
  spell-check, thesaurus, user’s manual, dictionary)
 Equipment/supplies provided:
 • Microcomputer, printer, and paper
 • Software as designated for this event

 Method of evaluation:
 • Application
 Length of event:
 • No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
 • No more than 60 minutes actual testing time
 • No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up

Entries:
 • Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Advanced Word Processing Skills (22)
Description
Evaluate advanced level skills in word processing and document production.
Eligibility
Students may compete in only one of the following events each year: Keyboarding Production,
Fundamental Word Processing Skills, or Advanced Word Processing Skills. This event may be repeated.
 Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America assumes
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       no responsibility for hardware/software
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     provided by the contestant.
  monitored according to ACT standards. See        No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule          than those specified for an event will be
  will be disqualified.                              allowed in the testing area.
 Published and/or unpublished written reference    No previous Business Professionals of
  materials                                          America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                     result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Apply advanced level keyboarding and word processing skills to produce business documents
• Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of word processing software functions
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
• Format and key letters, memos, reports, agendas, itineraries, labels, minutes, news releases,
   outlines, speeches, table of contents and works cited documents.
• Students will correct their own work
• Proofread and correct documents using edited copy
• Create tables with mathematical computations
• Generate a mail merge using variable data
• Insert graphics and special characters in documents
• Format and key text in columns
• Enhance documents using features such as leader tabs, shading, lines, and borders
• Use electronic and hard copy references to assist in preparing documents (e.g., help screens,
   spell-check, thesaurus, user’s manual, dictionary)
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up

Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 54
Integrated Office Applications (23)
Description
Evaluate advanced level skills in information technologies and the integration of software
applications.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.
 Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America assumes
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       no responsibility for hardware/software
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     provided by the contestant.
  monitored according to ACT standards. See        No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule          than those specified for an event will be
  will be disqualified.                              allowed in the testing area.
 Published and/or unpublished written reference    No previous Business Professionals of
  materials                                          America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                     result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of advanced word processing software functions
• Demonstrate proficiency in the integration of various software applications
• Apply advanced level technical skills to manage information and produce business documents
• Use word processing software
• Use spreadsheet software
• Use database software
• Use presentation software
• Merge word processing, presentation, database, and/or spreadsheet files to produce business
  documents
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 55
Desktop Publishing (24)
Description
Evaluate knowledge and skills in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of business
documents.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.
 Contestant must supply                                  Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                             assumes no responsibility for
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be           hardware/software provided by the
   monitored according to ACT standards. See page 7.       contestant.
   Contestants who violate this rule will be             No equipment, supplies, or materials other
   disqualified.                                           than those specified for an event will be
 Ruler                                                     allowed in the testing area.
 Published and/or unpublished written reference          No previous Business Professionals of
   materials                                               America tests and/or sample tests or
 Students may bring a Macintosh computer, if desired.      facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
    Those students using Macintosh computers must          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
    also bring a portable black and white printer,         into the testing area. Violation of this
    software, and paper (must bring all or none).          rule will result in disqualification.
    Carry-in and set-up of equipment must be done        Documents must be printed in black and
    solely by the student and must take place within       white only.
    the time allowed for orientation/warm-up. Only
    black and white printing is to be used; the use of
    color print will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate proficiency in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of business
  publications
• Apply principles of design and rules for proper layout in developing business publications
• Create and edit documents using desktop publishing applications
• Use principles of design, layout, and typography in presentation of text
• Create multipage and multicolumn documents
• Create a desktop publication that includes graphics in the form of illustrations, clipart, boxes,
  shading, and lines
• Generate a variety of documents including flyers, bulletins, proposals, reports, business cards,
  brochures, presentation handouts, etc.
Please note: students may use software templates, but creativity points may be reduced.
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
• Disk with graphics
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries: Each state is allowed five (5) entries.


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Basic Office Systems & Procedures (25)
Description
Evaluate fundamental skills in office procedures, records and file management, and document production.
Eligibility
A student who has previously competed in Advanced Office Systems & Procedures may not enter
this event. Students may not compete in Basic Office Systems & Procedures and Advanced Office
Systems & Procedures in the same year. This event may not be repeated.

 Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       assumes no responsibility for
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     hardware/software provided by the
  monitored according to ACT standards. See          contestant.
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule        No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  will be disqualified.                              than those specified for an event will be
 Published and/or unpublished written                allowed in the testing area.
  reference materials                              No previous Business Professionals of
                                                     America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                     into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of office procedures, records and file management, and office technologies
• Apply technical skills to manage information and produce business documents
• Prepare written telephone messages
• Provide customer support and service
• Compose business correspondence
• Key various business documents
• Create and format tables
• Prepare and maintain inventory of equipment and supplies
• Schedule and maintain appointments for supervisors
• Coordinate travel arrangements
• Maintain filing systems including alphabetical, subject, numerical, and chronological using
  ARMA rules
• Process mail
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.



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Advanced Office Systems & Procedures (26)
Description
Evaluate advanced skills in office procedures, records and file management, and document production.
Eligibility
Students may not compete in Basic Office Systems & Procedures and Advanced Office Systems &
Procedures in the same year. Students may not compete in Basic Office Systems & Procedures
after competing in the Advanced Office Systems & Procedures event. This event may be repeated.
 Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       assumes no responsibility for
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     hardware/software provided by the
  monitored according to ACT standards. See          contestant.
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule        No equipment, supplies, or materials
  will be disqualified.                              other than those specified for an event
 Published and/or unpublished written                will be allowed in the testing area.
  reference materials                              No previous Business Professionals of
                                                     America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                     into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Apply technical skills to manage information and produce business documents
• Identify functions of the office manager in coordinating administrative support staff
• Demonstrate knowledge of administrative procedures, records and file management, and
  office technologies
• Compose business correspondence
• Key documents with mail merge
• Create and format tables
• Create and edit a database
• Create and edit slides using presentation software
• Schedule administrative support staff and organize workload distribution
• Prepare travel expense reports and coordinate travel for supervisors
• Plan meetings and events
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up

Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.



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Legal Office Procedures (27)
Description
Evaluate knowledge of legal terminology and skills needed to prepare legal documents and function
effectively in a law office.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America assumes no
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       responsibility for hardware/software
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will        provided by the contestant.
  be monitored according to ACT standards.         No equipment, supplies, or materials other than
  See page 7. Contestants who violate                those specified for an event will be allowed in
  this rule will be disqualified.                    the testing area.
 Published and/or unpublished written              No previous Business Professionals of America
  reference materials                                tests and/or sample tests or facsimiles
                                                     thereof (handwritten, photocopied, or keyed)
                                                     may be taken into the testing area. Violation
                                                     of this rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Knowledge of the basic terminology and office procedures needed to work effectively in a law office
• Apply technical skills to produce a variety of office documents
• Demonstrate proficiency in information processing using manual and computerized systems
• Provide customer support and service
• Monitor and respond to electronic mail
• Prepare and maintain inventory of equipment and supplies
• Maintain filing systems including alphabetical, subject, numerical, and chronological using ARMA rules
• Demonstrate understanding of legal terminology and Latin words pertaining to legal terminology
• Use correct format in drafting client correspondence and legal documents, including pleadings
  (pleadings may include Service of Process, Complaints, Counterclaims, Divorce Decrees, Final
  Judgments, etc.)
• Prepare litigation and non-litigation documents
• Research and locate legal information and records
• Maintain client account records and prepare billing statements
• Demonstrate knowledge of federal, state, and local court structures and proceedings
• Identify ethical responsibilities of the legal profession
• Maintain electronic files
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 60 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up

Entries: Each state is allowed five (5) entries.


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Medical Office Procedures (28)
Description
Evaluate knowledge of medical terminology and skills needed to prepare medical documents and
function effectively in a medical office.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.
                                                   Business Professionals of America assumes
 Contestant must supply
                                                     no responsibility for hardware/software
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens
                                                     provided by the contestant.
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be
                                                   No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  monitored according to ACT standards. See
                                                     than those specified for an event will be
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule
                                                     allowed in the testing area.
  will be disqualified.
                                                   No previous Business Professionals of
 Published and/or unpublished written
                                                     America tests and/or sample tests or
  reference materials
                                                     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                     result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate proficiency in information processing procedures
• Apply technical skills to produce a variety of medical office documents
• Demonstrate knowledge of the basic terminology and office procedures needed to function
  effectively in a medical office
• Apply appropriate use of S.O.A.P. and HPIP
• Provide customer support and service
• Prepare and maintain inventory of equipment and supplies
• Maintain filing systems including alphabetical, subject, numerical, and chronological using
  ARMA rules
• Demonstrate understanding of medical terminology
• Schedule and maintain appointments for patients and practitioners
• Prepare and process medical records
• Use correct format in preparing a variety of medical reports
• Maintain patient account records and prepare billing statements
• Work with insurance companies to process patient accounts
• Identify ethical responsibilities of the medical profession
• Place information in correct S.O.A.P. and HPIP format
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 60 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up

Entries: Each state is allowed five (5) entries.


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Database Applications (29)
Description
Create, design, and test templates for database application to include variables, reports, and formats.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       assumes no responsibility for
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     hardware/software provided by the
  monitored according to ACT standards. See          contestant.
  page 7. Contestants who violate this rule        No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  will be disqualified.                              than those specified for an event will be
 Published and/or unpublished written reference      allowed in the testing area.
  materials.                                       No previous Business Professionals of
                                                     America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                     result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of general computer concepts
• Apply relational database concepts (joining tables for report information)
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of database management
• Use database management software
• Create and format databases including defining fields
• Demonstrate text and data manipulation
• Design a form for data entry
• Use formulas in fields to develop information from other fields
• Build and produce formatted reports that include group totals, report totals, and generated
  columns (data derived from other fields on the report)
• Analyze data in reports

Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event

Method of evaluation:
• Application

Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up

Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Administrative Support Team (30)                        Dedicated to the memory of Deborah Paul
Description
The team will function as an office staff to produce a variety of business documents.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this team event. A team will consist of 2-4 members.
 Team must supply                                  Business Professionals of America assumes
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                       no responsibility for hardware/software
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     provided by the contestant.
  monitored according to ACT standards.            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  See page 7. Contestants who violate                than those specified for an event will be
  this rule will be disqualified.                    allowed in the testing area.
 Published and/or unpublished written              No previous Business Professionals of
  reference materials                                America tests and/or sample tests or
 Props and/or electronic presentations are           facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  not allowed.                                       photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                     result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Apply technical skills to manage information and produce business documents
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Key and compose business correspondence
• Use database management software
• Use spreadsheet software
• Use presentation software
• Merge word processing, database, spreadsheet, and/or presentation files
• Plan meetings and events
• Maintain filing systems including alphabetical, subject, numerical, and chronological using
   ARMA rules
• Schedule and maintain appointments for supervisors
• Coordinate travel arrangements
• Establish work priorities and timelines
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputers (one per team member), printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes actual testing time
• No more than ten (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.




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Administrative Support Research Project–Individual (S) (31)
Description
One administrative support topic is selected by National Business Professionals of America and
provided at the beginning of the school year. Students will conduct research on the topic and
present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel
of judges.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. Each contestant may submit only one (1) research paper.
Students participating in National Level Competition must be registered for the event prior to
submission deadline for technical judging.

 Contestant must supply                           No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                      than those specified for an event will be
 Notes or note cards for oral presentation          allowed in the testing area.
  (optional)                                      No previous Business Professionals of
 One envelope containing the materials              America tests and/or sample tests or
  required for presentation, as listed in the       facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  specifications                                    photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
 Props and/or electronic presentations are          the testing area. Violation of this rule will
  not allowed.                                      result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic administrative support concepts in
  exploring and analyzing related issues
• Communicate research in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing
• Analyze and discuss changes in the workplace
• Explore issues affecting the role of administrative support in the workplace
• Conduct research using various resources and methods
• Discuss findings and respond to questions
• Prepare a research paper using the report format found in the Style & Reference Manual
• Evaluate and make decisions based on research findings
Specifications:
• The completed research paper only (as a pdf file) must be submitted to the National Center by
   e-mail at adminsupport@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2009. The
   subject line of the message should be “Admin. Res. Proj. Ind- contestant number.” The use of
   e-mail delivery receipt is encouraged, as confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by the
   National Center. No fax or mailed copies will be accepted.
• Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
   materials. The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
   registered contestants, those missing contestant number and/or projects received after
   the deadline cannot be accepted.
• No changes can be made to the paper after the date of submission.
• The research paper must follow the report format located in the Style & Reference Manual with
   the exception of the following:
    omit Sender, Recipient, Recipient Title and Date from report format (pertinent information is
   noted on title page, described below).
• Each research paper must include a title page which follows the Style & Reference Manual
   format.
• The research paper and entry form must be typed/word-processed.



                                    2008-2009 Edition page 63
•   Length of document is limited to five (5) double-spaced, single-sided, numbered pages with one-inch
    margins. The title page and works cited are not included in the five pages.
•   No additional charts, tables, graphics, etc. will be accepted.
•   Each research paper must reflect the contestant’s own research, writing, and original thinking.
•   Each paper must include a word-processed works cited page.
•   Two (2) copies of the completed research paper and (2) copies of the entry form must presented be
    at the time of the presentation at the NLC at both Preliminary and Final Competition.
•   Oral presentations will be limited to five (5) minutes for presenting conclusions to the panel of judges
    and ten (10) minutes to answer questions from the judges. Notes or note cards may be used.

Topic
Workplace conflicts can have a positive impact on an organization. For example, they present
opportunities for brainstorming, creativity, collaboration, and new ideas. However, conflicts can also
be very negative depending on how they are dealt with or what happens when they are not resolved.
Examples of what might happen if workplace conflicts are not resolved include stress, frustration,
anxiety, grievances, employee turnover, and loss of productivity.

Research and discuss conflicts in the workplace including positive and negative impacts and
methods of resolving conflict.


Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.

Method of evaluation:
•   Application (judges’ rating sheets)
•   Panel of judges reviews each research paper, oral presentation, and response to questions
Length of event:
•  No more than five (5) minutes oral presentation
•  No more than ten (10) minutes judges’ questions
•  Finals may be included at State and National Levels
Entries:
•   Each state is allowed three (3) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




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   Administrative Support Research Project–Individual (31)

                                       Entry Form
Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be
accepted.

Please note:
The Contestant Number is the same as the Member Number in the BPA On-line Registration System.

Name                                                                       Level          _____

Contestant Number ____________________________________________________________

School Name

School Address

City                                                         State                  ZIP

School Phone

School Fax

Advisor Name

E-mail


                                    Student Verification
I, the undersigned, attest that the research for this project was conducted solely by me, and that
the work resulting from my efforts is original.


Student signature                                           Date



                                    Advisor Verification
I have read the research paper and verify that it reflects the above-named student’s original work.


Advisor signature                                           Date




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              Administrative Support Research Project–Individual (31)
                 Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
       Judge Number                                                               Contestant Number ________________


     Items to Evaluate       Inadequate             Satisfactory           Competent                    Excellent               Points
    RESEARCH PAPER           1-16 points            17-33 points          34-49 points                 50-65 points             Earned
     Comprehension       • Topic not identified   • Topic not clear    • Clear message        • Ideas well-organized
                         • Not focused            • Searching for      • General              • Demonstrates understanding
                         • Random thoughts         ideas               • Functional            of subject matter
                         • Difficult to read      • No clear           • Difficult to focus   • Easy to read
                         • Desperate for           purpose             • Shows some           • All important points covered
                          ideas                   • Hard to picture     purpose               • Free of content errors
                                                                                              • Awareness of issue
                                                                                              • Grasps overall issue

 Organization            • No logic               • Somewhat           • Mostly logical       • Argument follows logical
                         • No continuity            logical            • Some structure        progression
                         • Gaps of                • Difficult to       • Some critical        • Easily understood
                          information               understand          connections           • Orderly presentation
                                                  • Irregular pacing                          • Structured to keep reader
                                                                                               interested
 Conclusions             • No argument            • Too broad          • Vague argument       • Logical argument
                         • Passive                • Lacking detail     • Weak evidence        • Evidence to support
                         • Struggling             • Meaning            • Lacking in           • Convincing
                                                   obscured             purpose               • Factual findings/ discoveries
                                                                                              • Compelling summary

 Creativity              • Inadequate             • Lacking in         • Weak resources       • Diverse resources, including
                           resources                resources          • Shows some            interviews
                         • Bland                  • General              passion              • Creative angle on the issue
                         • Rote response          • Acceptable         • Some originality     • Originality
                         • Colorless                                   • Obvious images       • Proficiency
                                                                                              • Inventiveness

 Writing                 • Need for editing       • Limited            • Readable             • Correct grammar, spelling,
                         • Misuse of words          correctness        • Questionable          punctuation
                         • Imprecise              • Stumbling            meaning              • Concise language
                                                  • Disjointed         • Functional           • Sentence structure/patterns
                                                                                              • Expressiveness


                                                                          TOTAL RESEARCH PAPER SCORE (325)

Technical Specification Points
•    Word-processed research paper according to Style and Reference Manual          15
•    Word-processed works cited page                                                10
                                                           TOTAL RESEARCH PAPER POINTS (25)



                                                                                                              Total Score (350) _______




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              Administrative Support Research Project–Individual (31)
         Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
    Items to Evaluate
          ORAL                Inadequate            Satisfactory              Competent                    Excellent           Points
    PRESENTATION/             1- 30 points          31-65 points             66-95 points                96-125 points         Earned
       INTERVIEW
                          • Ideas not focused    • Lacks organization    • Main idea evident       • Ideas clearly organized
                          • Undeveloped          • Introduction          • Introduction not well   • Introduction gets
                           introduction           irrelevant              developed                 attention
                          • Transitions needed   • Choppy transitions    • Awkward transitions     • Smooth transitions
                          • Limited conclusion   • Abrupt conclusion     • Conclusion needs        • Satisfying conclusion
                          • Ineffective          • Dull language          development              • Language vivid and
                            language choice        choice                • Language choice          precise
                          • Ideas difficult to   • Random ideas            limited                 • Convincing
                            follow                 expressed             • Clear ideas
                                                                           expressed

                                                                                                   TOTAL PRESENTATION
                                                                                                           POINTS (125)

PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not per judge.
•   Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                                                    10
•   Two (2) copies of documents submitted at time of presentation                                                        15

                                                          TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (25)



TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                                                 PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                        (350 points maximum )                               Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                                            Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                                        PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                                        DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                                         PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                               POINTS
                                                                                   (25 points maximum)

                                                                            TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                                          RANK




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          Administrative Support Research Project–Individual (31)
          Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
 Items to Evaluate
       ORAL              Inadequate            Satisfactory              Competent                    Excellent           Points
 PRESENTATION/           1- 30 points          31-65 points             66-95 points                96-125 points         Earned
    INTERVIEW
                     • Ideas not focused    • Lacks organization    • Main idea evident       • Ideas clearly organized
                     • Undeveloped          • Introduction          • Introduction not well   • Introduction gets
                      introduction           irrelevant              developed                 attention
                     • Transitions needed   • Choppy transitions    • Awkward transitions     • Smooth transitions
                     • Limited conclusion   • Abrupt conclusion     • Conclusion needs        • Satisfying conclusion
                     • Ineffective          • Dull language          development              • Language vivid and
                       language choice        choice                • Language choice          precise
                     • Ideas difficult to   • Random ideas            limited                 • Convincing
                       follow                 expressed             • Clear ideas
                                                                      expressed

                                                                                              TOTAL PRESENTATION
                                                                                                      POINTS (125)

FINAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not
per judge.
• Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                         10
• Two (2) copies of documents submitted at time of presentation                             15

                                                     TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (25)



                                                           FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                                       Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                                       Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                                   PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                                   DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                                    PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                          POINTS
                                                                              (25 points maximum)




                                                                         TOTAL (150 points maximum)

                                                                                                     RANK




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   Administrative Support Research Project–Individual (31)
             Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number __________                        Contestant Number ________________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




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Medical Transcription (PS) (32)
Description
Evaluate knowledge of medical terminology and medical transcription needed to prepare
dictated medical material into a usable medical document.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this contest.


Contestant must supply                           No equipment, supplies, or materials other
Computer and word processing software              than those specified for an event will be
Transcriber (head set, foot pedal)                 allowed in the testing area.
Hard copy published and/or unpublished           No previous Business Professionals of
written reference material.                        America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                   facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                   photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                   into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                   rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology
• Apply business English skills
• Create proper report format
• Demonstrate use of medical reference books
• Properly operate transcription equipment
• Apply accurate medical abbreviations and rules
• Use above average skills in spelling, grammar, and punctuation
• Differentiate between normal and abnormal lab values
• Key a dictated medical report utilizing proper formatting, correct grammar, spelling,
   punctuation, and proofreading.
• Demonstrate proper use of medical terminology.
• Demonstrate proper use of medical reference books.

Equipment/supplies provided:
• CD-ROM of dictated material to be transcribed
• Paper
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than 15 minutes warm-up
• No more than 60 minutes transcription time
• No more than 15 minute proofreading time
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Administrative Support Concepts–Open Event (33)
Description
Evaluate knowledge of basic administrative support concepts.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.
 Contestant must supply                           No equipment, supplies, or materials
  Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens                   other than those specified for an event
  Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will    will be allowed in the testing area.
  be monitored according to ACT standards.        No previous Business Professionals of
  See Web site                                    America tests and/or sample tests or
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.         facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Contestants who violate this rule will be       photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  disqualified.                                   into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                  rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of general office procedures
• Apply skills in proofreading and editing business documents for correct spelling, grammar, and
  format
• Perform math calculations
• Apply knowledge of customer service skills
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
Entries:
• Unlimited




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          INFORMATION
       TECHNOLOGY EVENTS
(40)   PC Servicing & Troubleshooting ................................................................................... 73
(41)   Computer Security ........................................................................................................ 74
(42)   Fundamentals of XHTML ............................................................................................. 75
(43)   C++ Programming ........................................................................................................ 76
(44)   VB.Net Programming ................................................................................................... 77
(45)   Java Programming ........................................................................................................ 78
(46)   Microsoft Network Administration .................................................................................. 79
(47)   Cisco Network Administration ....................................................................................... 80
(48)   Computer Animation Team (Pilot Event) ....................... Judged ................................... 81
(49)   Digital Media Production ............................................... Judged ................................... 89
(50)   Network Design Team .................................................. Judged ................................... 98
(51)   Web Site Design Team ................................................. Judged ................................. 103
(52)   Web Application Team .................................................. Judged ................................. 111
(53)   Video Production Team ................................................ Judged ................................. 121
(54)   Software Engineering Team.......................................... Judged ................................. 130
(55)   Computer Network Technology - Open Event ..............................................................138
(56)   Information Technology Concepts - Open Event ..........................................................139




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PC Servicing & Troubleshooting (40)
Description
Demonstrate knowledge of PC configuration, maintenance, and management as a computer
technician.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler                than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards.            No previous Business Professionals of
  See Web site                                       America tests and/or sample tests or
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Contestants who violate this rule will be          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  disqualified.                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Identifying PC components
• Adding and removing components
• System resources
• Peripheral ports
• IDE devices
• SCSI devices
• Other peripheral devices
• Replacing system components
• Troubleshooting problems, preventative maintenance and safety
• RAM characteristics
• System board characteristics
• Printer characteristics
• Basic networking concepts
• OS functions and OS upgrades
• Disk/file management
• Windows® installation
• Booting procedures
• Configuring device drivers
• Error codes
• Internet configuration
Method of evaluation:
• Objective; a hands-on component may be added to the event at the State level and will be
   added to the event during National level competition
Length of event:
• No more than 30 minutes for objective test
• No more than 60 minutes for hands-on tasks
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Computer Security (41)
Description
Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental security management tasks in Windows and Linux
networking environments.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 No. 2 pencils, pens, ruler                          than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards.            No previous Business Professionals of
  See Web site                                       America tests and/or sample tests or
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Contestants who violate this rule will be          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  disqualified.                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.




Compentencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of security threats
• Understand infrastructure security
• Demonstrate knowledge of cryptography, access control and authentication
• Demonstrate security tactics to prevent against external attack
• Demonstrate knowledge of operational and organization security
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
• Identify security threats
• Demonstrate hardening internal Windows and Linux systems and services
• TCP/IP knowledge
• Demonstrate hardening Internet work devices and services
• Network defense fundamental
• Creating security polices
• Performing a risk analysis
• Biometrics
• Cryptography
• Router and access control lists
• Internet security issues
• Managing Certificates
• Monitoring security infrastructure

Method of evaluation:
• Objective; a hands-on component may be added to the event at the State level and will be
   added to the event during National level competition
Length of event:
• No more than 30 minutes for objective test
• No more than 60 minutes for hands-on tasks
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.

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Fundamentals of XHTML (42)
Description
Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental XHTML coding and syntax.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.
 Contestant must supply
                                                   Business Professionals of America assumes no
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler
                                                     responsibility for hardware/software provided
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be
                                                     by the contestant.
  monitored according to ACT standards.
                                                   No equipment, supplies, or materials other than
  See Web site
                                                     those specified for an event will be allowed in
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.
                                                     the testing area.
  Contestants who violate this rule will be
                                                   No previous Business Professionals of America
  disqualified.
                                                     tests and/or sample tests or facsimiles thereof
 Published and/or unpublished written reference
                                                     (handwritten, photocopied, or keyed) may be
  materials
                                                     taken into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.

Contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
• Use tags
• Format & font (CSS)
• Image tag
• Establish a link
• Image map
• Tables
• Set attributes
• Horizontal rule
• Cell padding
• Captions
• Frames
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Microcomputer, printer, and paper
• Software as designated for this event
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than ten (10) minutes orientation
• No more than 90 minutes testing time
• No more than (10) minutes wrap-up
Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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C++ Programming (43)
Description
Evaluate knowledge of working with structured designs, algorithms, and/or pseudocode.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.
                                                   Business Professionals of America assumes
    Contestant must supply
                                                     no responsibility for hardware/software
    Microcomputer or laptop/notebook with            provided by the contestant.
     portable black and white printer and paper    No equipment, supplies, or materials other
     for the event. A full-size keyboard may be      than those specified for an event will be
     used. Electrical power will be provided.        allowed in the testing area.
     Carry-in and setup of equipment must be       No previous Business Professionals of
     done solely by the contestant and must          America tests and/or sample tests or
     take place within the time allotted for         facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
     orientation/warm-up.                            photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
    Contestant must bring all supporting devices     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
      and software appropriate for the event         result in disqualification.
      (e.g., extension cords, power supply, IDE
      etc).
Competencies:
•      Demonstrate understanding of general computer concepts and computer language
•      Use programming skills for proper development of a computer program
•      Demonstrate knowledge of C++ computer language
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
•   Implement program logic (algorithms, structured design, pseudocode)
•   Demonstrate understanding of human relation situations
•   Apply basic accounting applications
•   Create a C++ program using calculations, totals, selection, logical operators, control breaks,
    sequential file access, I/O operations, arrays, and loops
Method of evaluation:
•   Application
Length of event:
•   No more than 90 minutes testing time for computerized application test
Entries:
•   Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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VB.NET Programming (44)
Description
Evaluate knowledge of working with system design concepts, program development, and
programming logic. Use the VB.NET IDE to create a VB.NET application.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

  Contestant must supply                         Business Professionals of America assumes
  Microcomputer or laptop/notebook with            no responsibility for hardware/software
   portable black and white printer and paper      provided by the contestant.
   for the event. A full-size keyboard may be    No equipment, supplies, or materials other
   used. Electrical power will be provided.        than those specified for an event will be
   Carry-in and setup of equipment must be         allowed in the testing area.
   done solely by the contestant and must        No previous Business Professionals of
   take place within the time allotted for         America tests and/or sample tests or
   orientation/warm-up.                            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                   photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
  Contestant must bring all supporting devices
                                                   the testing area. Violation of this rule will
    and software appropriate for the event
                                                   result in disqualification.
    (e.g., extension cords, power supply, IDE
    etc).

 Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of object oriented concepts and techniques
• Demonstrate understanding of general computer concepts and computer language
• Demonstrate knowledge of database concepts
• Demonstrate knowledge of VB.NET programming language
• Demonstrate knowledge of the integration of XML data into a VB.Net program
• Demonstrate knowledge of XML data structures
• Use VB.NET programming language concepts and syntax, Server Explorer, Access, SQL
   Server and Crystal Reports
• Use structured design techniques, algorithms, and object-oriented concepts
• Create reports within the context of a VB.NET application
• Create a VB.NET program using variables, looping, controls, logical operations, calculations,
   totals, sequence, array, selection, and I/O operations
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
•  No more than 90 minutes testing time for computerized application test

Entries:
•   Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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JAVA Programming (45)
Description
Utilize structured designs to develop software using the JAVA programming language.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                         Business Professionals of America assumes
 Microcomputer or laptop/notebook with            no responsibility for hardware/software
  portable black and white printer and paper      provided by the contestant.
  for the event. A full-size keyboard may be    No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  used. Electrical power will be provided.        than those specified for an event will be
  Carry-in and setup of equipment must be         allowed in the testing area.
  done solely by the contestant and must        No previous Business Professionals of
  take place within the time allotted for         America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                  facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  orientation/warm-up.
                                                  photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
 Contestant must bring all supporting devices
                                                  the testing area. Violation of this rule will
  and software appropriate for the event
                                                  result in disqualification.
  (e.g., extension cords, power supply, IDE
  etc).
Competencies:
• Demonstrate understanding of general computer concepts and computer language
• Use programming skills for proper development of a computer program
• Demonstrate knowledge of JAVA computer language
• Use JAVA computer language concepts and syntax
• Demonstrate understanding of human relation situations
• Use structured design techniques and object-oriented concepts
• Create a JAVA program using sequence, selection, and repetition structures
• Apply programming concepts such as classes, operators, loops, control breaks, sequential file
  access, arrays, errors, and I/O operations
Method of evaluation:
• Application
Length of event:
• No more than 90 minutes testing time for computerized application test

Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Microsoft® Network Administration (46)
Description
Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental network management and maintenance tasks in a Windows®
network.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler                than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards.            No previous Business Professionals of
  See Web site                                       America tests and/or sample tests or
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Contestants who violate this rule will be          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  disqualified.                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
 Published and/or unpublished written                rule will result in disqualification.
  reference materials.
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
• Troubleshoot Windows XP® with SP2 and Win Server 2003 operating systems installation
• Monitor, manage, and troubleshoot access to files and folders
• Manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders
• Manage printers and print jobs
• Configure and manage file systems
• Monitor and optimize system performance and reliability
• Recover system state data and user data
• Configure and troubleshoot the desktop environment
• Encrypt data on a hard disk by using Encrypting File Systems (EFS)
• Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot local security policy
• Monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and control access to Web sites
• Configure and troubleshoot hardware devices and drivers
• Configure and troubleshoot Windows® Network connections
• Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot remote access
• Configure inbound connections
• Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot policies in a Windows® environment
• Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot auditing
Method of evaluation:
• Objective

Length of event:
 • No more than 60 minutes testing time
Entries:
 • Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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CISCO® Systems Administration (47)
Description
Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental network management tasks in a CISCO® environment.

Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.
 Contestant must supply                            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler                than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards.            No previous Business Professionals of
  See Web site                                       America tests and/or sample tests or
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Contestants who violate this rule will be          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  disqualified.                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
 Published and/or unpublished written                rule will result in disqualification.
  reference materials.
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
• OSI model
• Router configuration
• Network management
• LAN/WAN design
• LAN/WAN security
• Network topologies
• LAN/WAN routed and routing protocols
• Network components
• LAN/WAN switching theory and VLANS

Method of evaluation:
• Objective

Length of event:
• No more than 60 minutes testing time

Entries:
• Each state is allowed five (5) entries.




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Computer AnimationTeam (48)
Description
Create a 3-D visualization animation (not to exceed two (2) minutes) based upon the assigned
topic below.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. A team will consist of 2-4 members. This event is being
piloted at Regional, State and National level. Teams participating in National Level Competition
must be registered for the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.

 Contestant must supply                             Business Professionals of America
 Microcomputer or laptop/notebook                     assumes no responsibility for
 Video projector (optional)                           hardware/software provided by the
 A full-size keyboard may be used. Electrical         contestant. No equipment, supplies,
   power will be provided. Carry-in and setup of      or materials other than those specified
   equipment must be done solely by the               for an event will be allowed in the
   contestant and must take place within the time     testing area.
   allotted for orientation/warm-up.                No previous Business Professionals of
 Contestant must bring all supporting devices         America tests and/or sample tests or
   (e.g., extension cords, power supply, etc).        facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                      photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                      rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies
• Demonstrate utilization of various editing software, applications.
• Demonstrate development of animation within a story board.
• Demonstrate shapes to 3-D object color, creating artistic effects.
• Demonstrate textures and special effects.
• Demonstrate knowledge of transitions, audio, and lighting effects.
• Demonstrate proper use in placement of titles and visual effects.
• Demonstrate work skills needed to function in a 3D animation environment.

Specifications:
• The student will develop a visual communication tool utilizing various software applications
   related to digital production.
• Place one copy of the Computer Animation Team Documentation Form, one copy of the
   storyboard (8 ½” x 11”), and one copy of an executable file of the project on DVD in each of
   two (2) separate sheet protectors. Submit these together in one 10" x 13" envelope to the
   National Center, 5454 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43231-4021, postmarked on or
   before April 1, 2009.
• Please mark submission with the event name and division. Teams are encouraged to
   use certified mail or another traceable method of delivery. Confirmation of receipt cannot be
   provided by the National Center. Fax or e-mail copies will not be accepted.
• Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
   materials. The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
   registered contestants, those missing contestant number and/or projects received
   after the deadline cannot be accepted. No changes can be made to the project after
   the date of submission.



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•      An additional two copies of the Computer Animation Team Documentation Form, two copies of
       the storyboard and two copies of all Release Forms must presented be at the time of the
       presentation at the NLC at both Preliminary and Final Competition.
•      Teams may also bring one storyboard (not to exceed 22” x 28”) for their use during the
       presentation.
•      The student may utilize audio, text, video, graphics, and animation.
•      Use of transitions and continuity must exist in the production.
•      The contestant is responsible for securing a release form from any person whose image is used
       in the production.
•      All text/graphics materials must follow the organization’s Graphic Standards and make proper
       use of the logo and/or organization’s name. (Refer to the Graphic Standards in the Style &
       Reference Manual.) National Business Professionals of America grants permission for the use
       of the logo and/or organization’s name.
•      It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with the Copyright Law of the
       United States of America, Title 17, Circular 92. Refer to the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
       in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be DISQUALIFIED for violations of the
       Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.

    TOPIC
    Business Professionals of America has sub-contracted to Professional Business Associates to
    create a promotional animation video to be distributed nationwide.

    The animation video is to promote BPA’s image in a creative and innovative animation, marketed to
    today’s youth. The preferred targeted distribution method will be viral marketing, which may include
    YouTube.com, TeacherTube.com and peer-to-peer communication.

    Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.

    Method of evaluation:
    • Application (judges’ rating sheet)
    Length of event:
    • No more than ten (10) minutes for setup/wrap-up
    • No more than ten (10) minutes for the presentation
    • No more than five (5) minutes for judges’ questions
    • Finals may be included at State and National levels.

    Entries:
    • Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

    Please note:
    Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
    stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.

    Materials submitted for technical judging cannot be returned. It is the local chapter advisor’s
    responsibility to pick up materials submitted at the time of competition. A time and place for
    material pick-up will be published in the conference program. Any materials not picked up
    will be destroyed on site.




                                        2008-2009 Edition page 82
                       Computer AnimationTeam (48)
                          Documentation Form
Key the information below and check the address for accuracy. NO HANDWRITTEN FORMS
WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Chapter Name:                                    Chapter Number: __________________________

Team Members:

We, the undersigned, attest that the design, creation, and implementation of this
Computer Animation is our original work. Furthermore, we attest that the production is
in accordance with Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.

We consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
Professionals of America National Center.

Computer Software used for production:


We consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
Professionals of America.
Team Signatures:                                          Team Member Roles:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Advisor Signature:



We, the undersigned, attest that no changes will be made to our Web site after the date of
postmark.
Team Signatures:                                         Advisor signature and contact information
                                                         during technical judging:
1.

2.

3.                                                        E-mail:

4.                                                        Phone:




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 83
                Business Professionals of America
             Computer Animation Team Release Form (48)

I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs
taken of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America Computer
Animation competition.

I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal and
otherwise.

Please print the following:




Name



Address



City, State, ZIP




Signature(s):



                                                    Date             /           /
Signature                                                  (Month)       (Day)       (Year)




                                                    Date             /           /
Signature of Parent or Guardian                            (Month)       (Day)       (Year)
(If person is under 18 years of age)




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                     Computer Animation Team (48)
             Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number                                                           Contestant Number _____________

                                                Below                                              Points
Items to Evaluate                              Average       Average       Good       Excellent    Earned
Artistic Layout (105 points)
                                                  1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
• Visual organization is easily understood
• Aesthetic use of colors and fonts               1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
• Consistent format
                                                  1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
Appearance (70 points)
                                                  1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
• Animation has been accurately designed
   (unions, subtractions, etc.)
• Materials, lighting and finishes appear
                                                  1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
   natural and realistic
Animation (175 points)
                                                  1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
• Squash and Stretch- Illusion of weight
   and volume is given to the animation as
   it moves
                                                  1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
• Anticipation- Movement prepares the
   audience for major actions the animation
   is about to perform
                                                  1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
• Staging- Actions clearly communicate to
   the audience the attitude, mood, reaction
   or idea of the animation as it relates to
   the story, providing continuity
• Slow- Out and Slow-In techniques-               1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
   used to simulate natural movements
• Secondary Action(s)- used to add                1-9          10-18       19-27        28-35
   dimension to the animation

Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and                 0            10          20           30
Usage                                          (3+ errors)   (2 errors)   (1 error)   (0 errors)

                                                   TOTAL TECHNICAL POINTS (380 points)




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                    Computer Animation Team (48)
    Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                    Contestant Number _______________

                                                Below                                       Points
Items to Evaluate                              Average Average         Good     Excellent   Earned
•    Ability to explain the development and      1-12        13-24     25-37      38-50
     design process
•    Ability to explain the use and the           1-4         5-9      10-14      15-20
     development of innovative technology
•    Ability to explain the use and               1-7         8-15     16-23      24-30
     development of media elements
                                                TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (100 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per
individual, not per judge.
• Adheres to Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.                         15
•    Presentation lasted no more than ten minutes.                                  10
•    Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.
                                                                                    10

                                              TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (35 points)
    TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                             PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                 (380 points maximum)                       Judge 1 (100 points maximum)


                                                            Judge 2 (100 points maximum)

                                                        PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                        DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                         PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                               POINTS
                                                                   (35 points maximum)

                                                            TOTAL (515 points maximum)

                                                                                  RANK




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                    Computer Animation Team (48)
       Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                   Contestant Number _______________

                                               Below                                       Points
Items to Evaluate                             Average Average         Good     Excellent   Earned
•   Ability to explain the development and      1-12        13-24     25-37      38-50
    design process

•   Ability to explain the use and the           1-4         5-9      10-14      15-20
    development of innovative technology
•   Ability to explain the use and               1-7        8-15      16-23      24-30
    development of media elements
                                               TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (100 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per
individual, not per judge.
• Adheres to Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.                         15
•   Presentation lasted no more than ten minutes.                                  10
•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.
                                                                                   10

                                             TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (35 points)
                                                 FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                           Judge 1 (100 points maximum)


                                                           Judge 2 (100 points maximum)

                                                       PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                       DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                        PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                              POINTS
                                                                  (35 points maximum)




                                                            TOTAL (135 points maximum)

                                                                                 RANK




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 87
                     Computer Animation Team (48)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number                                       Contestant Number ________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive manner
regarding your analysis of the contestant’s competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 88
Digital Media Production (49)
Description
Create a one to two (1-2) minute digital media production based upon the assigned topic below.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. Students participating in National Level Competition must be
registered for the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.

 Contestant must supply                          Business Professionals of America assumes
 Microcomputer or laptop/notebook with             no responsibility for hardware/software
  speakers                                         provided by the contestant. No
 Video projector (optional)                        equipment, supplies, or materials other
 A full-size keyboard may be used. Electrical      than those specified for an event will be
   power will be provided. Carry-in and set-       allowed in the testing area.
   up of equipment must be done solely by        No previous Business Professionals of
   the contestant and must take place within       America tests and/or sample tests or
   the time allotted for orientation/warm-up.      facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Contestant must bring all supporting devices      photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
   (e.g., extension cords, power supply, etc).     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                   result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Demonstrate utilization of various software applications
• Demonstrate knowledge of digital media
• Demonstrate knowledge of graphic design including color, animation, audio, and video

Specifications
• The student will develop a visual communication tool utilizing various software applications
  related to digital production.
• A copy of the Digital Media Production Form, Release form(s) and CD or DVD bearing the
  production must presented be at the time of the presentation at the NLC at both Preliminary and
  Final Competition. The production must be in an executable file format on a CD-ROM or DVD.
  For CD-ROM only, a README file must be included which states the program and platform
  used.
• The student may utilize audio, text, video, graphics, and animation.
• Use of transitions and continuity must exist in the production.
• The contestant is responsible for securing a release form from any person whose image is used
  in the production.
• All text/graphics materials must follow the organization’s Graphic Standards and make proper
  use of the logo and/or organization’s name. (Refer to the Graphic Standards in the Style &
  Reference Manual.) National Business Professionals of America grants permission for the use of
  the logo and/or organization’s name.
• It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
  laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the Copyright
  and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be DISQUALIFIED
  for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
Topic

Create a one to two (1-2) minute promotional piece for the Business Professionals of America
National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California: May 5-9, 2010.

Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.
                                    2008-2009 Edition page 89
 Method of evaluation:
 • Application (judges’ rating sheet)
 Length of event:
 • No more than ten (10) minutes for set-up/wrap-up
 • No more than ten (10) minutes for presentation, which includes one to two (1-2) minute
   demonstration of digital media production
 • No more than five (5) minutes for judges’ questions
 • Finals may be included at State and National levels.
 Entries:
 • Each state is allowed three (3) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 90
                            Digital Media Production (49)
                                 Documentation Form


Key the information below and check the address for accuracy. NO HANDWRITTEN FORMS WILL BE
ACCEPTED.

Please note: The Contestant Number is the same as the Member Number in the BPA On-line Registration System.

   Contestant Name:

   Contestant Number:

   I, the undersigned, attest that the design, creation, and implementation of this Digital
   Media Production is the original work of myself. Furthermore, I attest that the production
   is in accordance with Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.

   I consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
   Professionals of America National Center.

   Member Signature:




   Advisor Signature:




   I, the undersigned, attest that no changes will be made to my Digital Media Production
   after the postmarked date.

   Member Signature:




   Advisor Signature:




   E-mail:

   Phone:


                                     2008-2009 Edition page 91
                     Business Professionals of America
                       Digital Media Production (49)

                   Digital Media Production Release Form

I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs
taken of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America Digital
Media Production competition.

I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal and
otherwise.

Please print the following:




Name



Address



City, State, ZIP




Signature(s):



                                                    Date             /           /
Signature                                                  (Month)       (Day)       (Year)




                                                    Date             /           /
Signature of Parent or Guardian                            (Month)       (Day)       (Year)
(If person is under 18 years of age)




                               2008-2009 Edition page 92
                           Digital Media Production (49)
                    Preliminary Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                               Contestant Number _____________

                                                     Below                                              Points
Items to Evaluate                                   Average Average            Good        Excellent    Earned
Production Layout
• Visual organization is easily understood               1-9       10-18        19-27        28-35
• Aesthetic use of colors and fonts                      1-9       10-18        19-27        28-35
• Consistent format                                      1-9       10-18        19-27        28-35

Graphics/Media Use
• Enhances theme                                         1-5        6-10        11-15        16-20
• Creativity through graphic design                      1-6        7-12        13-18        19-25
• Originality of graphics                                1-9       10-18        19-27        28-35
• Effective use of innovative technology                 1-9       10-18        19-27        28-35
   (may include animations)
Content
• Developed through theme                                 1-9      10-18        19-27        28-35
• Portrays the theme                                      1-5       6-10        11-15        16-20
• Effectiveness of production                            1-18      19-37        38-56        57-75


Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Usage                0            10          15           20
(20 points)                                         (3+ errors)   (2 errors)   (1 error)   (0 errors)


                                                    PRELIMINARY TECHNICAL POINTS (370 points)

                                                     Below                                              Points
Items to Evaluate                                   Average Average            Good        Excellent    Earned
•   Ability to explain the development and design        1-12      13-25        26-37        38-50
    process

•   Ability to explain the use and the                   1-9       10-18        19-27        28-35
    development of innovative technology

•   Ability to explain the use and development of
                                                         1-7        8-15        16-22        23-30
    media elements (graphics, video, audio, etc.)

                                               PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION POINTS (115 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per individual, not per
judge.
•   Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                                        10
•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.
                                                                                               5

                                                PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATION POINTS (15 points)




                                        2008-2009 Edition page 93
PRELIMINARY TECHNICAL SCORE:

           Judge 1 (370 points) _______

           Judge 2 (370 points) _______

DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES _______ (370 maximum)



PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION SCORE:

           Judge 1 (115 points) _______

           Judge 2 (115 points) _______

DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES _______ (115 maximum)


PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATION SCORE:

                              ________ (15 maximum)


         PRELIMINARY TOTAL _______ (500 maximum)

                        RANK _______




                              2008-2009 Edition page 94
                             Digital Media Production (49)
                          Final Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                                 Contestant Number _____________

                                                     Below                                                Points
Items to Evaluate                                   Average Average              Good        Excellent    Earned
Production Layout
• Visual organization is easily understood               1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35
• Aesthetic use of colors and fonts                      1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35
• Consistent format                                      1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35

Graphics/Media Use
• Enhances theme                                         1-5          6-10        11-15        16-20
• Creativity through graphic design                      1-6          7-12        13-18        19-25
• Originality of graphics                                1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35
• Effective use of innovative technology                 1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35
   (may include animations)
Content
• Developed through theme                                 1-9        10-18        19-27        28-35
• Portrays the theme                                      1-5         6-10        11-15        16-20
• Effectiveness of production                            1-18        19-37        38-56        57-75


Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Usage                0              10          15           20
(20 points)                                         (3+ errors)     (2 errors)   (1 error)   (0 errors)


                                                                FINAL TECHNICAL POINTS (370 points)

                                                     Below                                                Points
Items to Evaluate                                   Average Average              Good        Excellent    Earned
•   Ability to explain the development and design        1-12        13-25        26-37        38-50
    process

•   Ability to explain the use and the                   1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35
    development of innovative technology

•   Ability to explain the use and development of
                                                         1-7          8-15        16-22        23-30
    media elements (graphics, video, audio, etc.)

                                                         FINAL PRESENTATION POINTS (115 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per individual, not per
judge.
•   Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                                          10
•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.
                                                                                                 5

                                                           FINAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (15 points)




                                        2008-2009 Edition page 95
FINAL TECHNICAL SCORE:

           Judge 1 (370 points) _______

           Judge 2 (370 points) _______

DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES _______ (370 maximum)



FINAL PRESENTATION SCORE:

           Judge 1 (115 points) _______

           Judge 2 (115 points) _______

DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES _______ (115 maximum)


FINAL SPECIFICATION SCORE:

                              ________ (15 maximum)


                FINAL TOTAL _______ (500 maximum)

                        RANK _______




                              2008-2009 Edition page 96
                      Digital Media Production (49)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
      Judge Number                                          Contestant Number_________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 97
Network Design Team (50)
Description
The team will analyze existing and planned business environments and develop a strategy for the
implementation of a network infrastructure that addresses the need(s) of the defined business
environment based on the scenario provided. At State and National level, teams will be presented
with an additional element to the scenario that requires revision of their final presentation.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. A team will consist of 2-4 members.

 Team must supply                                Business Professionals of America
 Laptop/notebook computer (each team               assumes no responsibility for
  member may have one laptop), portable            hardware/software provided by the
  printer, software, and paper for this event      contestant. No equipment, supplies, or
 Team must bring all supporting devices (e.g.,     materials other than those specified for
  extension cords, power supply, etc.)             an event will be allowed in the testing
 Published and/or unpublished written              area.
  reference materials                            No previous Business Professionals of
 Optional                                          America tests and/or sample tests or
 Projector / Props                                 facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                   photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                   the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                   result in disqualification.
Competencies:
• Apply technical skills in the network design
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Utilize problem solving techniques
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Analyze existing and planned network and systems management
• Predict the future expansion of the network
• Demonstrate knowledge of network cable topologies
• Determine the proper placement of network servers
• Construct an efficient name resolution strategy
• Diagram the completed network
• Incorporate redundancy into the network
• Design a remote access solution
• Analyze network infrastructure, protocols, and hosts
• Estimate upgrade cost based on existing environment
• Incorporate future expansion into the network
• Demonstrate an ability to meet software requirements
• Demonstrate a knowledge of VPNs
• Identify the company’s tolerance for risk
• Analyze technical support structure
• Analyze end-user work needs
• Plan for placement and management of resources
• Plan for decentralized resources or centralized resources
• Design a routing strategy
• Develop multiple recommendations to scenarios
• Produce business reports



                                   2008-2009 Edition page 98
Topic
Total-Out-Rental wants to upgrade their enterprise car reservation system. They have 250
computers at their main site that are network ready. There are two remote locations that have 75
users each. There will be some telecommuters and some executives who need access to the
network from their house; however, it must be secure. There are 25 people who will need access
to a payroll server that needs to be logistically or physically separate from the reservation system.
There needs to be an e-mail server and a Web server that is accessible to everyone and have
redundancy. They will also be implementing a new IP addressing scheme. Finally, you need to
secure the Internet connection that they have (T-1) but still allow access where outlined above.
Your solution must address the following:

       A.      Bandwidth and WAN technology for the remote sites
       B.      Hardware for everything outlined above (Except PCs)
       C.      Separate reservation and payroll systems
       D.      Secure Remote Access
       E.      Internet Security
       F.      Redundant E-mail and Web servers
       G.      IP addressing scheme

As with any organization, cost is an important consideration but not the only consideration. The
network needs to be affordable, scalable, and available. You should provide your recommendation
to solve these problems as well as what makes that more advantageous than other solutions. In
other words, consider multiple solutions and recommend your suggested solution and show all
supporting evidence as to why you believe this is the best choice.

Equipment/supplies provided:
• Projection surface at national competition only

Method of evaluation:
•   Application (judges’ rating sheet)

Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes orientation
• No more than 30 minutes preparation time
• No more than five (5) minutes set-up in presentation room
• No more than ten (10) minutes presentation time
• No more than ten (10) minutes judges’ questions
• Finals may be required at State and National levels

Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.


Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                     2008-2009 Edition page 99
                       Network Design Team (50)
            Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                          Team Number __________

                                              Below                                      Points
Items to Evaluate                            Average Average        Good     Excellent   Earned
(Oral) Presentation:
• Voice quality and diction               1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Self-confidence, assertiveness and
                                          1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
   eye contact
• Usage of technical terminology with
                                          1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
   appropriate explanation
• Flow of content                         1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Organization of information             1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Response to judges’ questions          1-11       12-22      23-33           34-45
Written Proposal for Implementation of Network Infrastructure:
• Title page and table of contents        1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Customer profile                        1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Objectives                              1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Abstract of implementation              1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Product(s) and/or service(s)
                                          1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
   provided
• Short/long range goals                  1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Financial analysis                      1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Supporting documentation                1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Conciseness, completeness of plan       1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30

TOTAL POINTS

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none awarded by the proctor per team, not per judge.
• Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                  5
• Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes                                      10
• All registered team members present for the entire event                               20

 SUMMARY TOTALS:                                         SPECIFICATION POINTS
  Judge 1 (465 points maximum)                                  (35 points maximum):

  Judge 2 (465 points maximum)
                     SUBTOTAL:

               JUDGES’ TOTAL
  (Subtotal divided by # of judges):                                  FINAL TOTAL

                                                               (500 points maximum):

                                                                              RANK

                                       2008-2009 Edition page 100
                         Network Design Team (50)
                 Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                          Team Number __________

                                              Below                                      Points
Items to Evaluate                            Average Average        Good     Excellent   Earned
(Oral) Presentation:
• Voice quality and diction               1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Self-confidence, assertiveness and
                                          1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
   eye contact
• Usage of technical terminology with
                                          1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
   appropriate explanation
• Flow of content                         1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Organization of information             1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Response to judges’ questions          1-11       12-22      23-33           34-45
Written Proposal for Implementation of Network Infrastructure:
• Title page and table of contents        1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Customer profile                        1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Objectives                              1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Abstract of implementation              1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Product(s) and/or service(s)
                                          1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
   provided
• Short/long range goals                  1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Financial analysis                      1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Supporting documentation                1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30
• Conciseness, completeness of plan       1-7        8-15      16-22           23-30

TOTAL POINTS

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none awarded by the proctor per team, not per judge.
• Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                  5
• Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes                                      10
• All registered team members present for the entire event                               20

 SUMMARY TOTALS:                                          SPECIFICATION POINTS
  Judge 1 (465 points maximum)                                  (35 points maximum):

  Judge 2 (465 points maximum)
                     SUBTOTAL:

               JUDGES’ TOTAL
  (Subtotal divided by # of judges):               FINAL TOTAL

                                                   (500 points maximum) :

                                                   RANK

                                       2008-2009 Edition page 101
                        Network Design Team (50)
                    Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
 Judge Number                                                            Team Number_________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of the team’s competition.)




 REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                 2008-2009 Edition page 102
Web Site Design Team (51)
Description
The team will work together to create a Web site based on the topic below.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this team event. A team will consist of 2-4 members. Students participating
in National Level Competition must be registered for the event prior to submission deadline for
technical judging.

 Team must supply                                Business Professionals of America
 Team may use one computer loaded with             assumes no responsibility for
  their Web site and/or hard copy printouts of     hardware/software provided by the
  the complete Web site (excluding external        contestant.
  link pages) for presentation to the judges.    No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  The computer and/or printouts are optional       than those specified for an event will be
  and may be in color. No Internet access          allowed in the testing area.
  will be provided on site at the NLC            No previous Business Professionals of
 Team must bring all supporting devices (e.g.,     America tests and/or sample tests or
  extension cords, power supply, etc.)             facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Published and/or unpublished written              photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  reference materials                              into the testing area. Violation of this
 Optional                                          rule will result in disqualification.
 Projector / Props

Competencies:
• Apply technical skills in Web site design
• Demonstrate knowledge of Internet concepts
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Demonstrate knowledge of site, content, graphics, layout, browser capabilities, and more
• Page layout
• Teamwork
• Navigational scheme
• Graphics/multimedia use
• Site content
• Language use
• Leadership
• Integrity/ethics
• Problem solving
Specifications:
• A copy of the Web Site Documentation Form and Release Form(s) must presented be at the
   time of the presentation at the NLC at both Preliminary and Final Competition.
• Topic and theme must remain the same as the team progresses through regional, state and
   national competition.
• Technical judging of the Web site will be at NLC during the presentation.
• The following information must be included on the site: name of chapter, team member names,
   theme, school, city, state, and year. This information can be included in any format and location.
• Attention must be given to cross browser capabilities.
• Attention must be given to monitor capabilities, such as resolution.
• For this competition, students are permitted to use any text on the BPA.org site, along with
   photos of the national officers. In addition, the use of the official BPA logo and tagline are
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    permitted. However, it is not permitted to alter or otherwise re-create the logo. The use of any
    other photos or graphics on the BPA site is not permitted. Linking to the BPA.org web site is not
    permitted.
•   All written material must follow the organization’s Graphic Standards and make proper use of the
    logo and/or organization’s name. (Refer to the Graphic Standards in the Style & Reference
    Manual.)
•   The team is responsible for securing a release form from any individual whose name,
    photograph, and/or other information is included on the Web site.
•   It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
    laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the Copyright
    and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be
    DISQUALIFIED for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
•   Team members will specifically identify their roles in the development of the Web site and be
    prepared to address questions pertaining to those roles (i.e., page layout, navigational scheme,
    graphics, media, compatibility, and content).
•   Code must be the original work of the team, not copied from another site.
•   Pre-designed templates may not be used.
Topic
Create a web site devoted to the “Top Ten Things to Do” in Dallas, Texas, while attending the 2009
Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference.

Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows the topic above will be disqualified.

Note: Previously submitted Web sites used in BPA competition may not be submitted.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
Length of event:
 • No more than five (5) minutes set-up in presentation room
 • No more than five (5) minutes oral presentation
 • No more than five (5) minutes judges’ questions
 • Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Entries:
 • Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




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                            Web Site Design Team (51)
                               Documentation Form
Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Check the address for accuracy.
Chapter Name:                                    Chapter Number: _______________________

Team Members:

Complete Web site/URL address:

Password (if applicable):

Alternate Web site/URL address
(if applicable):

Alternate Password (if
applicable):_________________________________________________________________

Theme:

We, the undersigned, attest that the design, creation, and implementation of this Web site is the
original work of the team members. Furthermore, we attest that the Web site is in accordance
with Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines. We attest that we have used the same topic and theme as
we progressed from regional through national competitions.

We consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
Professionals of America.
Team Signatures:                                          Team Member Roles:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Advisor Signature:

We, the undersigned, attest that no changes will be made to our Web site after the date of
postmark.
Team Signatures:                                         Advisor signature and contact information
                                                         during technical judging:
1.

2.

3.                                                        E-mail:

4.                                                        Phone:

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                     Business Professionals of America
                        Web Site Design Team (51)

                              Web Site Release Form

I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs
taken of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America Web Site
Design Team competition. Consent is also granted for any printed matter used in
conjunction with the photograph(s) and with the use of my name in any part of the Web
site.

I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal and
otherwise.

Please print the following:




Student Name



Address



City, State, ZIP




Signature(s):



                                                    Date              /           /
Student Signature                                           (Month)       (Day)       (Year)




                                                    Date              /           /
Signature of Parent or Guardian                             (Month)       (Day)       (Year)
(If contestant is under 18 years of age)




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                       Web Site Design Team (51)
            Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                 Team Number _______________

                                            Below                                       Points
Items to Evaluate                          Average       Average      Good    Excellent Earned
Page Layout (75 points)
• Visual organization is easily               1-6          7-12       13-18    19-25
   understood
• Aesthetic use of colors and fonts           1-6          7-12       13-18    19-25
• Consistent format page to page              1-6          7-12       13-18    19-25
Navigational Scheme (60 points)
• Links present and working                   1-3           4-7       8-11     12-15
• Links show consistent formatting            1-3           4-7       8-11     12-15
• Complies with accessibility guidelines      1-3           4-7       8-11     12-15
• Navigational path is clear and logical      1-3           4-7       8-11     12-15
Graphics/Media Use (100 points)
• Enhances topic                              1-5          6-10       11-15    16-20
• Creativity through graphic design           1-5          6-10       11-15    16-20
• Originality of graphics                     1-7          8-15       16-22    23-30
• Effective use of innovative technology      1-7          8-15       16-22    23-30
Content (75 points)
• Well-developed                              1-6          7-12       13-18    19-25
• Portrays the topic                          1-6          7-12       13-18    19-25
• Effectiveness of site                       1-6          7-12       13-18    19-25
Cross-Browser Compatibility (15
points)                                        1-3          4-7   8-11     12-15
Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and             0            15    20        25
Usage (25 points)                          (3+ errors)   (2 errors) (1   (0 errors)
                                                                  error)
                                                          TOTAL TECHNICAL POINTS
                                                                              (350)




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                          Web Site Design Team (51)
        Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
     Judge Number                                                                 Team Number __________
                                                       Below                                                  Points
Items to Evaluate                                     Average        Average      Good        Excellent       Earned
 • Ability to explain development/design process          1-6          7-12       13-18        19-25

 • Ability to explain their use and the development
                                                          1-5          6-10       11-15        16-20
   of innovative technology

 • Ability to explain their use and development of
   media elements (graphics, video, audio, etc.)
                                                          1-6          7-12       13-18        19-25

 • Evidence showing each team member’s role in            1-9         10-19       20-29        30-40
   the development of the site and their responses
   to interview questions

                                                                  TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (110 points)
 PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per team, not per judge.

 •    Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                               5


 •    Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes
                                                                                                       10

 •    Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview                                           5


 •    All registered team members present for the entire event (awarded if same members are            20
      present for all portions of the test)

                                          TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (40 points)



           TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                               PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                    (350 points maximum)                            Judge 1 (110 points maximum)


                                                                    Judge 2 (110 points maximum)

                                                                PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                                DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                                 PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                       POINTS
                                                                           (40 points maximum)

                                                                    TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                          RANK



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                              Web Site Design Team (51)
              Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
     Judge Number                                                                 Team Number __________
                                                       Below                                                  Points
Items to Evaluate                                     Average        Average      Good        Excellent       Earned
 • Ability to explain development/design process          1-6          7-12       13-18        19-25

 • Ability to explain their use and the development
                                                          1-5          6-10       11-15        16-20
   of innovative technology

 • Ability to explain their use and development of
   media elements (graphics, video, audio, etc.)
                                                          1-6          7-12       13-18        19-25

 • Evidence showing each team member’s role in            1-9         10-19       20-29        30-40
   the development of the site and their responses
   to interview questions

                                                                  TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (110 points)
 PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per team, not per judge.

 •    Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes                                               5


 •    Presentation lasted no more than five (5) minutes
                                                                                                       10

 •    Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview                                           5


 •    All registered team members present for the entire event (awarded if same members are            20
      present for all portions of the test)

                                          TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (40 points)


                                                                FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                                    Judge 1 (110 points maximum)


                                                                    Judge 2 (110 points maximum)

                                                                PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                                DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                                 PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                       POINTS
                                                                           (40 points maximum)

                                                                    TOTAL (150 points maximum)

                                                                                          RANK



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                       Web Site Design Team (51)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                 Team Number

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of the team’s competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




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Web ApplicationTeam (52)
Description
The team will create a database-driven Web site with server-side functionality. The team is
provided with the opportunity to design, build and present a working web application.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. A team will consist of 2-4 members. Students participating in
National Level Competition must be registered for the event prior to submission deadline for
technical judging.

 Team must supply                                  Business Professionals of America
 One (1) desktop/laptop computer/server: This        assumes no responsibility for
   computer will function as a server and should     hardware/software provided by the
   meet the minimum system requirements              contestant.
   associated with the software that each team     No equipment, supplies, or materials
   chooses. A monitor, keyboard, mouse, and          other than those specified for an event
   cables should accompany the server to the         will be allowed in the testing area.
   presentation site.                              No previous Business Professionals of
 One (1) desktop/laptop computer (optional):         America tests and/or sample tests or
   This computer may be networked directly to        facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
   the server for the purposes of demonstrating      photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   the application. A monitor, keyboard, mouse,      into the testing area. Violation of this
   and cables should accompany the                   rule will result in disqualification.
   desktop/laptop to the presentation site.
 The web server and database server software
   that powers the web application may be
   loaded on the same machine utilized to
   demonstrate the application. This enables
   the team to demonstrate their application
   using only one computer, reducing the
   amount of setup time needed and simplifies
   transportation of equipment. However, some
   Microsoft® server products cannot launch
   without an active network connection with
   which to bind.
 The team must bring all supporting devices
   (e.g., extension cords, power supply, etc.).
 Optional
 Projector / Props
Competencies:
• Demonstrate database development and structured query language (SQL) skills
• Demonstrate application security features
• Demonstrate knowledge of server side scripting and Internet concepts
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Demonstrate knowledge of web design concepts
• Apply database development skills in order to create the back-end of the web application
• Apply web design skills and standards in order to complete the front-end of the web site
• Implement problem-solving techniques
• Encryption and transmission of highly sensitive personal information
• Describe the process, methodology, and life cycle of a web application

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Specifications:
 • The Web Application Team Submission Form (as a pdf file) and the source code (as a pdf file)
   must be submitted to the National Center by e-mail at webapp@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm
   Eastern Time on April 1, 2009. The subject line of the message should be “Web Application
   Team - chapter number.” The use of e-mail delivery receipt is encouraged, as confirmation of
   receipt cannot be provided by the National Center. No fax or mailed copies will be
   accepted.
 • Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
   materials. The chapter number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
   registered contestants and/or those missing chapter number cannot be accepted.
 • No changes can be made to the project after the date of submission.
 • A copy of the Web Application Documentation Form and Release Form(s) must
   presented be at the time of the presentation at the NLC at both Preliminary and Final
   Competition.
 • The web site must be available for viewing on the Internet on April 1, 2009. If the ISP is
   experiencing technical difficulty, the advisor will be contacted and a reasonable amount of time
   will be provided to solve the problem. No changes can be made to the web site after this date.
   Technical judging of the web site will be conducted prior to the NLC. The team will administer
   and present their application at the NLC.
 • The following information must be included in the web site: chapter name and number, team
   member names, school, city, state, and year. This information can be included in any format and
   location.
 • The team members must create the conceptual model for the database identifying relationships
   between tables in the database. Each team will be expected to articulate the design of the
   database associated with the web application.
• Produce forms and associated considerations needed for the scenario.
• Teams may select the database, web server, and middleware solution they prefer. A careful
   review of the evaluative criteria presented in the competition guidelines will aid in the selection
   of development technologies. The source code that powers each team’s web application will
   be scrutinized; therefore, it is imperative that team members are capable of answering
   questions regarding this aspect of the application.
• It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with the Copyright Law of the
   United States of America, Title 17, Circular 92. Refer to the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
   in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be DISQUALIFIED for violations of the
   Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
Topic
Develop an e-commerce application for an on-line sporting goods store. Teams are expected to
create and develop the brand for the sporting goods company.

Contestants who submit an entry that does not follow this topic will be disqualified.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)

Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes for team set-up
• No more than ten (10) minutes for presentation
• No more than five (5) minutes for judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.


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                            Web Application Team (52)
                               Submission Form

Key the information below and check the address for accuracy. NO HANDWRITTEN FORMS
WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Chapter Name:____________________________ Chapter Number:

Team Members:

Complete web site/URL address:

Alternate web site/URL address (if applicable):


Password (if applicable):




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                                    Web Application Team (52)
                                      Documentation Form

Key the information below and check the address for accuracy. NO HANDWRITTEN FORMS WILL BE
ACCEPTED.

Chapter Name:____________________________ Chapter Number:

Team Members:

Complete web site/URL address:

Alternate web site/URL address (if applicable):

Password (if applicable):

We, the undersigned, attest that the coding, design, creation, and implementation of this web site
are the original work of the team members. Furthermore, we attest that the web site is in
accordance with Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.

We consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
Professionals of America.

We, the undersigned, attest that no changes will be made to our web site after the postmarked date.

Team Member Signatures:                                    Team Member Roles:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Advisor signature and contact information during technical judging:

Signature: _______________________________

E-mail: __________________________________

Phone: __________________________________




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                        Business Professionals of America
                           Web Application Team (52)

                       Web Application Team Release Form

I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs taken
of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America Web Application
Team competition. Consent is also granted for any printed matter used in conjunction with
the photograph(s) and with the use of my name in any part of the Web Applications Team’s
web site.

I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal and
otherwise.



Please print the following:




Student Name



Address



City, State, ZIP




Signature(s):




                                                       Date              /           /
Student Signature                                              (Month)       (Day)       (Year)




                                                       Date              /           /
Signature of Parent or Guardian                                (Month)       (Day)       (Year)
(If student is under 18 years of age)

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                      Web Application Team (52)
            Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                 Team Number ___________

                                  Below
     Items to Evaluate                         Average       Good     Excellent   Points
                                 Average
Page Design (30 points)
• Visual organization is            1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
   easily understood
• Aesthetic use of colors           1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
   and fonts
• Images and page file              1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
   size have been optimized
   for performance

Customer Functionality
(40 points)
• Navigational links                1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
    consistent and working
• End-user instructed on            1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
    the proper formatting for
    forms and given
    feedback upon
    submission
• Cross-browser                     1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
    compatibility
• Ability to utilize a search      1-3            4-5        6-7        8-10
    feature

Database Development
(40 points)
• Conceptual model                  1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
    correctly implemented
• Minimal data redundancy           1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
    in tables
• Sensitive data encrypted          1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
    in the database
• Database access is                1-3           4-5        6-7        8-10
    controlled through
    passwords, access
    control lists, etc.




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Application Design (150
points)
• Maintains state through        1-7        8-15        16-22       23-25
   sessions with and
   without cookies
• Encrypts highly sensitive      1-7        8-15        16-22       23-25
   user information
• Forms fields are               1-7        8-15        16-22       23-25
   validated before
   submission
• Conditional logic is used      1-7        8-15        16-22       23-25
   to qualify SQL queries
   before executing them
• Code is reused where
   possible (through             1-7        8-15        16-22       23-25
   includes, templates, or
   classes)
• Code is original and not
   a pre-built application or    1-7        8-15        16-22       23-25
   an open-source
   application
Administration (70 points)
• Appropriate Web-based
   reports are generated for     1-9       10-18        19-27       28-35
   the application
• Administrator has the
   ability to add, modify and    1-9       10-18        19-27       28-35
   delete data through a
   password protected Web
   interface

Grammar, Spelling,                 0
                                              5           15           25
Punctuation, and Usage            (3+
                                          (2 errors)   (1 error)   (0 errors)
(25 points)                     errors)
                                          TOTAL TECHNICAL POINTS (355)




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                  Web Application Team (52)
Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                      Team Number ___________

                                           Below                                          Points
          Items to Evaluate                           Average       Good      Excellent
                                          Average                                         Earned
•   Ability to explain their
                                            1-9          10-18      19-27       28-35
    development and design process
•   Ability to demonstrate how the
    application works by manipulating
                                            1-7           8-15      16-22       23-30
    data utilizing the web
    application/interface
•   Ability to explain the structure of
    the data in the database and the
    programmatic structures that            1-7           8-15      16-22       23-30
    manipulate the data
•   Evidence showing each team
    member’s role in the development
    of the site and their responses to      1-7           8-15      16-22       23-30
    interview questions
                                            TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (125 points)

Presentation Specification Points: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per team, not
per judge.
• Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes.                       5
•   Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                            5
•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.                    5
•   All registered team members present for the interview.                       20
                                          TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (35 points)

     TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                      PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

              (355 points maximum)                       Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                         Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                  PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                  DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                    PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                          POINTS
                                                              (35 points maximum)

                                                         TOTAL (515 points maximum)

                                                                               RANK

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                    Web Application Team (52)
      Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                      Team Number ___________
                                            Below                                       Points
         Items to Evaluate                            Average     Good     Excellent
                                           Average                                      Earned
•   Ability to explain their
                                              1-9       10-18     19-27      28-35
    development and design process
•   Ability to demonstrate how the
    application works by manipulating
                                              1-7       8-15      16-22      23-30
    data utilizing the web
    application/interface
•   Ability to explain the structure of
    the data in the database and the
    programmatic structures that              1-7       8-15      16-22      23-30
    manipulate the data
•   Evidence showing each team
    member’s role in the
    development of the site and their         1-7       8-15      16-22      23-30
    responses to interview questions
                                             TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (125 points)

Presentation Specification Points: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per team, not
per judge.
• Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes.                    5
•   Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                         10
•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.                 5
•   All registered team members present for the interview.                     20
                                          TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (35 points)


                                                     FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                         Judge 1 (125 points maximum)


                                                         Judge 2 (125 points maximum)

                                                     PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                     DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                      PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                            POINTS
                                                                (35 points maximum)

                                                         TOTAL (160 points maximum)

                                                                               RANK

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                      Web Application Team (52)
                  Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number              __                             Team Number ____________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of the team’s competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




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Video Production Team (53)
Description
Create a three to five (3-5) minute video production based upon the assigned topic below.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this team event. A team will consist of 2-4 members.

  Team must supply                                 Business Professionals of America
  Microcomputer or laptop/notebook with            assumes no responsibility for
  speakers                                         hardware/software provided by the team.
  Video projector (optional)                       No equipment, supplies, or materials
  A full-size keyboard may be used.                other than those specified for an event
  Electrical power will be provided. Carry-in      will be allowed in the testing area.
  and setup of equipment must be done              No previous Business Professionals of
  solely by the team and must take place           America tests and/or sample tests or
  within the time allotted for orientation/warm-   facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  up.                                              photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
  Team must bring all supporting devices           the testing area. Violation of this rule will
  (e.g., extension cords, power supply, etc).      result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Utilize various editing software and applications.
• Develop a story line with a storyboard and outline.
• Demonstrate scripting techniques to present a clear overall message.
• Apply basic camera techniques including close-ups, extreme close-ups, medium and wide shots.
• Demonstrate knowledge of transitions, audio, and lighting.
• Demonstrate proper use in placement of titles and visual effects.
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a video editing environment.

Specifications:
• The team will develop a visual communication tool utilizing various software applications
   related to video production.
• A copy of the CD or DVD bearing the production, Video Production Documentation Form and
   Release Form(s) must presented be at the time of the presentation at the NLC at both
   Preliminary and Final Competition. The production must be in an executable file format on a
   CD-ROM or DVD. For CD-ROM only, a README file must be included which states the
   program and platform used.
• The student may utilize audio, text, video, graphics, and animation.
• Use of transitions and continuity must exist in the production.
• The team is responsible for securing a release form from any person whose image is used in
   the production.
• All text/graphics materials must follow the organization’s Graphic Standards and make proper
   use of the logo and/or organization’s name. (Refer to the Graphic Standards in the Style &
   Reference Manual.) National Business Professionals of America grants permission for the use
   of the logo and/or organization’s name.
• It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with the Copyright Law of the
   United States of America, Title 17, Circular 92. Refer to the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
   in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be DISQUALIFIED for violations of the
   Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.



                                    2008-2009 Edition page 121
Topic
Create a public service announcement on the “pros” or “cons” of electronic social networking.
The public service announcement must defend your position.

Teams who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.

Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes for set-up
• No more than ten (10) minutes for the presentation
• No more than five (5) minutes for judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.




                                 2008-2009 Edition page 122
                         Video Production Team (53)
                            Documentation Form
Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be
accepted.

Chapter Name:                               Chapter Number:

Chapter Members:

We, the undersigned, attest that the design, creation, and implementation of this Video
Production is the original work of our team. Furthermore, we attest that the production is
in accordance with Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.

We consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
Professionals of America National Center.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE USED FOR PRODUCTION:



Team Members Signatures:
_____________________________________
_____________________________________
_____________________________________
_____________________________________

Advisor Signature:




I, the undersigned, attest that no changes will be made to the Video Production after the
postmarked date.

Team Members Signatures:

_____________________________________
_____________________________________
_____________________________________
_____________________________________

Advisor Signature:



E-mail:

Phone:
                               2008-2009 Edition page 123
                      Business Professionals of America
                         Video Production Team (53)

                         Video Production Release Form

I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs taken
of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America Video Production
competition.

I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal and
otherwise.

Please print the following:




Name



Address



City, State, ZIP




Signature(s):



                                                     Date              /           /
Signature                                                    (Month)       (Day)       (Year)




                                                     Date              /           /
Signature of Parent or Guardian                              (Month)       (Day)       (Year)
(If person is under 18 years of age)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 124
                         Video Production Team (53)
               Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                              Team Number _______________

                                                Below                                              Points
Items to Evaluate                              Average       Average       Good       Excellent    Earned
Production
• Introduction and Title                          1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• At least two different transitions              1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• Originality of content                          1-5          6-10        11-15       16-20
• Include more than one angle shot                1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
• Include at least one interview                  1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• Include one music montage                       1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
• Include one voice over                          1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
                                                  1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
• Effective use of special effects
                                                  1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• Included End Credits
Production Quality
• Focus                                           1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15
• Steadiness                                      1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15
• Color                                           1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15
• Audio                                           1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15

Content
• Developed and portrayed theme                   1-3           4-7        8-11        12-15
• Effectiveness of production                     1-3           4-7        8-11        12-15
• Developed storyboard                            1-4           5-9        10-14       15-20
• Developed script                                1-4           5-9        10-14       15-20


•   Ability to explain the development and
    design process, including storyboard and      1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
    outline
•   Ability to explain the use and the
                                                  1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
    development of innovative technology

•   Ability to explain the use and
    development of media elements                 1-9         10-19        20-29       30-40
    (graphics, video, audio, etc.)

Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Usage           0            10          15           25
                                               (3+ errors)   (2 errors)   (1 error)   (0 errors)

                                               PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION (440 points)




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PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per individual,
not per judge.
• Storyboard, script, documentation, release form and DVD submitted at      20
    presentation
•   Presentation (including video) lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                10
•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.                          10

•   All registered team members present for the entire event (awarded if same           20
    members are present for all portions of the test)

                                        PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATION POINTS (60 points)

                                                   PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                         Judge 1 (440 points maximum)


                                                         Judge 2 (440 points maximum)

                                                    PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                    DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                        PRELIMINARYSPECIFICATION
                                                                             POINTS
                                                                 (60 points maximum)

                                                         TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                RANK




                                    2008-2009 Edition page 126
                            Video Production Team (53)
                     Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                              Team Number _______________

                                                Below                                              Points
Items to Evaluate                              Average       Average       Good       Excellent    Earned
Production
• Introduction and Title                          1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• At least two different transitions              1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• Originality of content                          1-5          6-10        11-15       16-20
• Include more than one angle shot                1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
• Include at least one interview                  1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• Include one music montage                       1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
• Include one voice over                          1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
                                                  1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
• Effective use of special effects
                                                  1-3          4-7         8-11        12-15
• Included End Credits
Production Quality
• Focus                                           1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15
• Steadiness                                      1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15
• Color                                           1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15
• Audio                                           1-3           4-7         8-11       12-15

Content
• Developed and portrayed theme                   1-3           4-7        8-11        12-15
• Effectiveness of production                     1-3           4-7        8-11        12-15
• Developed storyboard                            1-4           5-9        10-14       15-20
• Developed script                                1-4           5-9        10-14       15-20


•   Ability to explain the development and
    design process, including storyboard and      1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
    outline
•   Ability to explain the use and the
                                                  1-7          8-15        16-22       23-30
    development of innovative technology
•   Ability to explain the use and
    development of media elements                 1-9         10-19        20-29       30-40
    (graphics, video, audio, etc.)

Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Usage           0            10          15           25
                                               (3+ errors)   (2 errors)   (1 error)   (0 errors)

                                                        FINAL PRESENTATION (440 points)




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PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per individual,
not per judge.
• Storyboard, script, documentation, release form and DVD submitted at      20
    presentation
•   Presentation (including video) lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                10
•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.                          10

•   All registered team members present for the entire event (awarded if same           20
    members are present for all portions of the test)

                                                 FINAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (60 points)

                                                     FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                         Judge 1 (440 points maximum)


                                                         Judge 2 (440 points maximum)

                                                    PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                    DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES


                                                       FINAL SPECIFICATION POINTS
                                                                 (60 points maximum)

                                                         TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                RANK




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                     Video Production Team (53)
                 Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                               Team Number

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of the team’s competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                              2008-2009 Edition page 129
Software Engineering Team (54)
Description
The team will work together as a software engineering team to develop a system of applications
that will share data and functions and/or procedures from the topic given. At State and National
level, teams will be presented with an additional element to the scenario that requires revision of
their final presentation.

Eligibility
A team will consist of 2-4 members. Students participating in National Level Competition must be
registered for the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.

 Team must supply                                 Business Professionals of America
 Laptop computer(s), printer and projector          assumes no responsibility for
 Team must bring all supporting devices (e.g.,      hardware/software provided by the
  extension cords, power supply, etc.)              contestant.
 Published and/or unpublished written             No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  reference materials                               than those specified for an event will be
                                                    allowed in the testing area.
 Optional:                                        No previous Business Professionals of
 Props                                              America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                    facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                    photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                    into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                    rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Apply technical skills in the given programming languages to develop the system of programs
  required
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Apply problem solving techniques
• Use structured programming techniques
• Implement system analysis and design concepts
• Use internal programming documentation
• Use object-oriented programming concepts and techniques
• Produce business reports
• Apply programming concepts such as sequential file access, databases, and I/O operations
• Use internal and external function and/or procedure calls
• Establish parameters to pass to and return values from function calls
Specifications:
• Two (2) copies of the Software Engineering Team Documentation Form, two (2) copies of the
   source code, and two (2) copies of an executable file of their system and the data on CD-ROM
   in one 10” x 13” envelope must be submitted to the National Center, 5454 Cleveland Avenue,
   Columbus, OH 43231-4021, postmarked on or before April 1, 2009. No faxed or e-mail
   copies will be accepted.
• Provide passwords for any components of the software which may be protected. Provide the
   passwords in a README.txt file.
• Students are encouraged to use certified mail or another traceable method of delivery.
   Confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by the National Center. No faxed or e-mail
   copies will be accepted.
                                    2008-2009 Edition page 130
•  Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
   materials. The chapter number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
   registered contestants and/or those missing chapter number cannot be accepted.
• No changes can be made to the project after the date of submission.
• At the time of the interview, the team must submit two (2) additional copies of the Software
   Engineering Team Documentation Form, two (2) copies of source code, and two copies of
   all Release Forms.
• The team is responsible for securing a release form from any individual whose name,
   photograph, and/or other information is included in this event.
• It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
   laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the Copyright
   and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be DISQUALIFIED
   for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
 • Team members will specifically identify their roles in the development of this system and be
   prepared to address questions pertaining to those roles.
Topic:
         You are given the task to design the software for a POS (point of sale) system for a
         grocery store. There are three main pieces to the system: checkout, inventory
         control, reporting. The three pieces must work together.

         The checkout function performs two tasks. First, it implements the sales process
         (calculates the total, tax, change due). Second, it adjusts the store inventory.

         The inventory control package is used to update inventory (auditing) and for adding
         or removing inventory (new deliveries, returns, etc.) To discontinue an item,
         remaining quantities must be returned and credit received for the returned items.

         The report package should allow the user to get a report.

         Due to the time constraints on the test, keep the system extremely simple. You are
         responsible for the basic design of the system (given the above constraints),
         implementation of the system and testing. You may choose either arrays or files for
         your inventory records.

         To test the system, perform the following operations:

         1.     Have a customer checkout with 3 or 4 items. Make sure that they give you
                more money than is due so the system computes their change. No need to
                check whether or not the item is in stock.
         2.     Add a shipment of 3 different items and discontinue one item.
         3.     Print a report that summarizes the final inventory, total amount of money
                transacted, and total amount of sales tax collected.

         It is important to remember that the most important part of this test is the design
         phase. Keep the program simple but make sure your design is well laid out,
         documented and organized.




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       Use the following list as an initial inventory list:

       Item                Stock Number                 Quantity    Cost        Price
       Milk                  001                           20       1.50        2.00
       Bread                 002                           15       0.95        1.50
       Steak                 003                           17       5.95        8.50
       Dog food              004                             5     15.00       19.95
       Apples                005                          100       0.15        0.25
       Snickers              006                           16       0.35        0.55
       Butter                007                             6      1.95        2.95
       Tomato                008                           18       0.35        0.45
       Yogurt                009                           22       0.22        0.33
       Chicken               010                           12       0.69        0.99


       Make the starting cash be:
       100 pennies
       100 nickels
       100 dimes
       100 quarters
       50 $1 bills
       25 $5 bills
       10 $10 bills
        5 $20 bills


Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheets)
Length of event:
Preliminary
• No more than five (5) minutes orientation
• No more than 30 minutes preparation time
Final
• No more than five (5) minutes set-up in presentation room
• No more than ten (10) minutes presentation time
• No more than ten (10) minutes judges’ questions
• Finals may be required at National level
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

It is the local chapter advisor’s responsibility to pick up all previously submitted contestant
materials. A time and place for material pick up will be published in the program. Any
materials not picked up will be destroyed on site.




                                      2008-2009 Edition page 132
                      Software Engineering Team (54)
                            Documentation Form
Key the information below and check the address and password for accuracy. NO
HANDWRITTEN FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Chapter Name:

Team Members:

URL (if applicable)

Password (if applicable)

We, the undersigned, attest that the design, creation, and implementation of this software
system is the original work of the team members. Furthermore, we attest that the system site is
in accordance with Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.

We consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
Professionals of America.

Team Signatures:                                       Team Member Roles:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Advisor Signature:




We, the undersigned, attest that no changes will be made to our system after the
postmarked date.

Team Signatures:                                       Advisor signature and contact
                                                       information during technical judging:
1.

2.

3.                                                     E-mail:

4.                                                     Phone:


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                     Business Professionals of America
                      Software Engineering Team (54)

                    Software Engineering Release Form

I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs
taken of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America Software
Engineering Team competition. Consent is also granted for any printed matter used in
conjunction with the photograph(s) and with the use of my name in any part of this event.

I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal and
otherwise.

Please print the following:




Student Name



Address



City, State, ZIP




Signature(s):



                                                    Date              /           /
Student Signature                                           (Month)       (Day)       (Year)




                                                    Date              /           /
Signature of Parent or Guardian                             (Month)       (Day)       (Year)
(If student is under 18 years of age)




                               2008-2009 Edition page 134
                    Software Engineering Team (54)
            Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                           Team Number _________

                                                Below                                  Points
Items to Evaluate                              Average   Average   Good    Excellent   Earned
Structured, Object-Oriented Design
• Proper use of objects                          1-5      6-10     11-15     16-20
• Proper use of encapsulation                    1-5      6-10     11-15     16-20
• Separation of each component into an           1-5      6-10     11-15     16-20
    object
Design Analysis
• Interface design                               1-6      7-12     13-19     20-25
• Data flow diagrams                             1-6      7-12     13-19     20-25
• Design/Code documents                          1-6      7-12     13-19     20-25
Proper Documentation and Comments
• Comments explaining each method                1-5      6-10     11-15    16-20
• Proper use of magic number                     1-5      6-10     11-15    16-20
    (constants/literals)

Database Access
• Each table has its own table access class      1-5      6-10     11-15     16-20
• Interface/abstract class to force required
   methods/attributes for table access           1-5      6-10     11-15     16-20
   classes
• One data connection class (preferably a
   Singleton)                                    1-5      6-10     11-15     16-20

Error Checking
• Field validation                               1-5      6-10     11-15    16-20
• Error/exceptions are handled in an             1-5      6-10     11-15    16-20
   appropriate manner

Correct Operation of Program
• Searching                                      1-3       4-7     8-11      12-15
• Listing correct data                           1-3       4-7     8-11      12-15
• Add                                            1-3       4-7     8-11      12-15
• Update                                         1-3       4-7     8-11      12-15
• Delete                                         1-3       4-7     8-11      12-15


                                                 TOTAL TECHNICAL POINTS (290 points)




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                  Software Engineering Team (54)
    Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number                                                             Team Number __________
                                              Below                                         Points
Items to Evaluate                            Average     Average      Good      Excellent   Earned
•   Ability to explain the development and
                                               1-7           8-15     16-23       24-30
    design process

•   Ability to explain use and
                                               1-7           8-15     16-23       24-30
    development of innovative technology

•   Ability to explain use and
                                               1-7           8-15     16-23       24-30
    development of media elements
    (graphics, video, audio, etc.)

•   Evidence showing the team’s role in
                                               1-9         10-19      20-29       30-40
    the development of the site and
    responses to interview questions

                                    TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (130 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per
individual, not per judge.
•   Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes.                              5

•   Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                                  5

•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.                      10

                          TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (20 points)


TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                               PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

              (350 points maximum)                       Judge 1 (130 points maximum)


                                                         Judge 2 (130 points maximum)

                                                     PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                     DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                      PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                            POINTS
                                                                (20 points maximum)

                                                         TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                               RANK




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                   Software Engineering Team (54)
      Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                              Team Number __________
                                              Below                                          Points
Items to Evaluate                            Average      Average      Good      Excellent   Earned
•   Ability to explain the development and
                                               1-7           8-15      16-23       24-30
    design process

•   Ability to explain use and
                                               1-7           8-15      16-23       24-30
    development of innovative technology

•   Ability to explain use and
                                               1-7           8-15      16-23       24-30
    development of media elements
    (graphics, video, audio, etc.)

•   Evidence showing the team’s role in
                                               1-9         10-19       20-29       30-40
    the development of the site and
    responses to interview questions

                                    TOTAL INTERVIEW POINTS (130 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per
individual, not per judge.
•   Equipment set-up lasted no more than five (5) minutes.                               5

•   Presentation lasted no more than ten (10) minutes.                                   5

•   Appropriate equipment and documentation for the interview.                       10

                          TOTAL PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS (20 points)

                                                         FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                          Judge 1 (130 points maximum)


                                                          Judge 2 (130 points maximum)

                                                     PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                     DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES


                                                      PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                (20 points maximum)

                                                         TOTAL (150 points maximum)

                                                                                RANK




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 137
Computer Network Technology- Open Event (55)
Description
  Demonstrate knowledge in fundamental networking concepts including network architecture,
  standards, topologies, protocols, and security.
Eligibility
   Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 No. 2 pencils, pens, ruler                          than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards.            No previous Business Professionals of
  See Web site                                       America tests and/or sample tests or
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Contestants who violate this rule will be          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  disqualified.                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
• OSI model
• Network adapters
• Network cabling
• Bridges, brouters, and routers
• Network connectivity
• Network troubleshooting
• Network protocols
• TCP/IP subnetting and routing
• DNS
• WINS
• DHCP
• Proxies and firewalls
• Troubleshooting tools
• Remote access protocols
• Network operating systems
• Network clients
• Directory services
• Administrative utilities
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
Entries:
• Unlimited




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 138
Information Technology Concepts–Open Event (56)
Description
Demonstrate general knowledge of the information technology industry.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pens, ruler                than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator: Electronic devices will be     allowed in the testing area.
  monitored according to ACT standards.            No previous Business Professionals of
  See Web site                                       America tests and/or sample tests or
  www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html.            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  Contestants who violate this rule will be          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  disqualified.                                      into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
• Demonstrate knowledge of information technology concepts
• Describe the history and evolution of computers
• Apply skills in programming language evolution
• Identify hardware and software basics
• Demonstrate understanding of graphics concepts
• Identify components and concepts related to printers
• Demonstrate understanding of operating systems
• Demonstrate understanding of security, law, and ethics
• Describe ergonomics and environmental concerns

Method of evaluation:
• Objective
Entries:
• Unlimited




                                    2008-2009 Edition page 139
            MANAGEMENT/
             MARKETING/
          HUMAN RESOURCES
              EVENTS
(60)   Global Marketing Team (S)............................................ Judged .................................. 141
(61)   Entrepreneurship ........................................................... Judged .................................. 149
(62)   Small Business Management Team .............................. Judged .................................. 157
(63)   Graphic Design Promotion............................................. Judged .................................. 163
(64)   Interview Skills............................................................... Judged .................................. 171
(65)   Advanced Interview Skills .............................................. Judged .................................. 181
(66)   Extemporaneous Speech .............................................. Judged .................................. 190
(67)   Human Resource Management ..................................... Judged .................................. 194
(68)   Prepared Speech ......................................................... Judged .................................. 199
(69)   Presentation Management—Individual .......................... Judged .................................. 205
(70)   Presentation Management—Team ................................ Judged .................................. 211
(71)   Parliamentary Procedure Team (S) ............................... Judged .................................. 218
(72)   Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts—Open Event........................... 224
(73)   Parliamentary Procedure Concepts—Open Event ....................................................... 225




                                           2008-2009 Edition page 140
Global Marketing Team (S) (60)
Description
Develop a plan that details pricing strategies and promotional plans for a business.
Eligibility
Any Secondary student may enter this event. A team will consist of 2-4 members. Students
participating in National Level Competition must be registered for the event prior to submission
deadline for technical judging.

 Team must supply                                 Business Professionals of America
 Computer/projection equipment (optional)           assumes no responsibility for
 Easel (optional)                                   hardware/software provided by the team.
 Team may use computer, projection                No equipment, supplies, or materials other
   equipment, product props (product                than those specified for an event will be
   samples and promotional items), prepared         allowed in the testing area.
   posters, flip charts, or graphs in             No previous Business Professionals of
   presentation.                                    America tests and/or sample tests or
 Carry-in and set-up of equipment must be           facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  done solely by the contestants and take           photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  place within the time allotted for                into the testing area. Violation of this
  orientation/warm-up.                              rule will result in disqualification.



Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of management and international business
  concepts
• Communicate research in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a global marketing environment
• Demonstrate successful price selection methods
• Demonstrate effective persuasive and informative communication and presentation skills
• Develop a written international marketing plan
• Identify customer base including consumer and organizational markets
• Identify customer relations or markets
• Illustrate fundamentals of consumer behavior in different cultures
• Explore and expand customer base including demographics
• Develop promotional mix
• Demonstrate successful price selection methods, including the reasoning and method(s) used
  in determining the price
• Identify and utilize internal and external resources
Specifications:
• The team will develop an international marketing plan and demonstrate oral communication skills.
• The team will develop a marketing plan to market a new product.
• The total bound plan (text and binding included) must not exceed one inch in thickness.
• The marketing plan must not exceed ten (10) pages and must follow the Marketing Plan
  format in the Style and Reference Manual.




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    The completed plan should include, but is not limited to, the following:
         • Title Page and Table of Contents*
         • Synopsis or mini-plan
         • Company goals
         • Description of customers and their needs
         • Description of pricing strategy
         • Competition
         • Marketing mix
         • Economic, social, legal, and technological trends
         • Human resource requirements
         • Marketing timeline
         • Methods of measuring success
         • Supporting documentation (research, charts, brochures, etc.)*
         • A statement signed by the team members and advisor certifying that the plan is an original
             composition. *
    • The completed plan only (as a pdf file) must be submitted to the National Center by e-mail at
        globmark@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2009. The subject line of
        the message should be “Global Marketing- chapter number.” The use of e-mail delivery receipt
        is encouraged, as confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by the National Center. The
        limit for file size is five (5) MB. No fax or mailed copies will be accepted.
    • Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
        materials. The chapter number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
        registered contestants and/or those missing chapter number cannot be accepted.
    • No changes can be made to the project after the date of submission.
    • An additional copy of the plan with supporting documentation and entry form must
        presented be at the time of the presentation at the NLC at both Preliminary and Final
        Competition.
    • Contestants will present before a panel of judges and a timekeeper. No audience will be
        allowed.
    • The length of the presentation will be no more than ten (10) minutes.
    • Presentation will be stopped at ten (10) minutes.
    • It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
        laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the
        Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be
        DISQUALIFIED for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
    • *Not included in 10-page limit
Topic
    C-Solutions, Inc. invites their customers to build their own cell phones at either their local store or
    online. The consumer can choose the color or pattern, phone body type, keyboard, features, and
    service provider they desire thus allowing customers to have a unique cell phone that expresses
    their individuality and meets their every need. The concept has quickly caught on in the Phoenix
    metropolitan area and the owners are anxious to expand the business before too many
    competitors emerge.
    Your firm has been hired to develop a marketing plan for this expansion in the domestic market
    and a vision for future global expansion in one country of your choice. Be prepared to justify the
    country you have chosen from a marketing standpoint.
    Use the marketing plan format in the style manual and the rubric as your guide.

    Teams who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.




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Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
• Presentation of project
• Question/answer period by judges on the project presented
Length of event:
 • No more than ten (10) minutes set-up
 • No more than ten (10) minutes oral presentation
 • No more than five (5) minutes judges’ questions
 • Finals may be included at State and National levels
Equipment Provided:
 • Projection surface at National competition only.
Entries:
 • Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.

Materials submitted for technical judging cannot be returned. It is the local chapter
advisor’s responsibility to pick up materials submitted at the time of competition. A time
and place for material pick-up will be published in the conference program. Any materials
not picked up will be destroyed on site.




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                             Global Marketing Team (60)
                               Statement of Originality
Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be
accepted.
Please note: The Contestant Number is the same as the Member Number in the BPA On-line Registration System.

Name ______________________________                                                     Grade

Contestant # _________________________


Name ______________________________                                                     Grade

Contestant # _________________________


Name ______________________________                                                     Grade

Contestant # _________________________


Name ______________________________                                                     Grade

Contestant # _________________________

School Name

School Address

City, State, ZIP

School Phone                                                                            School Fax

Advisor                                                                                 E-mail
                                         Student Verification
We, the undersigned, attest that the research for this project was conducted solely by the team
members and that the work resulting from our efforts is original.


Student signature                                                                Date

Student signature                                                                Date

Student signature                                                                Date

Student signature                                                                Date
                                          Advisor Verification
I have read the plan and verify that it reflects the above-named students’ original work.


Advisor signature                                                                Date




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                    Global Marketing Team (60)
           Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number __________                                         Team Number __________

                                           Below                                      Points
  Items to Evaluate                       Average     Average     Good    Excellent   Earned
Written Marketing Plan:
   • Title Page and Table of Contents       1-3         4-7        8-11     12-15
   • Synopsis or mini-plan for business     1-3         4-7        8-11     12-15
   • Company goals                          1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Description of customer needs          1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Description of pricing strategy        1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Competition                            1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Marketing mix                          1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Economic, social, legal,
                                            1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
       technological trends
   • Human resources requirements           1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Marketing timeline                     1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Methods of measuring success           1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Supporting documentation               1-4         5-8        9-12     13-16
   • Overall appearance, conciseness,
                                            1-6         7-12      13-19     20-25
       and completeness
                                                        TOTAL POINTS (215 maximum)




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                 Global Marketing Team (60)
Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number __________                                           Team Number __________

Oral Presentation:
   • Opening and summary                    1-5          6-10    11-15     16-20
   • Content of presentation                1-7          8-15    16-22     23-30
   • Effectiveness of presentation         1-12          13-25   26-37     38-50
   • Contribution by all team members       1-5          6-10    11-15     16-20
   • Quality of problem solution           1-20          21-40   41-60     61-80
   • Answers to Judges’ Questions           1-9          10-19   20-29     30-40
                                                          TOTAL POINTS (240 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per
team, not per judge.
   • One set of plan and supporting documentation (correctly
                                                                        25
       bound and submitted together) along with entry form
   • All registered team members present for entire event               20
                                         TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (45 points)



TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                           PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

             (215 points maximum)                    Judge 1 (240 points maximum)


                                                     Judge 2 (240 points maximum)

                                              PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                              DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                  PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                        POINTS
                                                            (45 points maximum)

                                                     TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                           RANK




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                   Global Marketing Team (60)
     Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number __________                                          Team Number __________

Oral Presentation:
   • Opening and summary                   1-5         6-10    11-15     16-20
   • Content of presentation               1-7         8-15    16-22     23-30
   • Effectiveness of presentation        1-12         13-25   26-37     38-50
   • Contribution by all team members      1-5         6-10    11-15     16-20
   • Quality of problem solution          1-20         21-40   41-60     61-80
   • Answers to Judges’ Questions          1-9         10-19   20-29     30-40
                                                        TOTAL POINTS (240 points)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per
team, not per judge.
   • Two (2) sets of plan and supporting documentation
                                                                      25
       (correctly bound and submitted together)
   • All registered team members present for entire event             20
                                         TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (45 points)

                                                 FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                    Judge 1 (240 points maximum)


                                                    Judge 2 (240 points maximum)

                                             PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                             DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES


                                                 PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                           (45 points maximum)

                                                    TOTAL (285 points maximum)

                                                                          RANK




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                          Global Marketing Team (60)
                      Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
    Judge Number ________                                       Team Number ________

    COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
    (Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
    manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION (if applicable)




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Entrepreneurship (61)
Description
Develop an operating plan and organizational structure to initiate a small business. Competitors
are to assume they are presenting their business plan to potential investors at a bank with the
objective of securing financing for their business venture.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. If a student repeats this event, he/she may not submit any
previously used business plan. Students participating in National Level Competition must be
registered for the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.


Contestant must supply                              Business Professionals of America
Computer and projection equipment                     assumes no responsibility for
(optional)                                            hardware/software provided by the
Easel (optional)                                      contestant.
Contestant may use a computer, projection           No equipment, supplies, or materials other
  equipment, product props (product                   than those specified for an event will be
  samples and promotional items), prepared            allowed in the testing area.
  posters, flip charts, or graphs in his/her oral   No previous Business Professionals of
  presentation.                                       America tests and/or sample tests or
Carry-in and set-up of equipment must be              facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
    done solely by the contestants and take           photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
    place within the time allotted for set-up.        into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                      rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship
• Communicate research in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing
• Demonstrate effective persuasive and informative communication and presentation skills
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
 • Develop a written business plan for a start-up business
 • Identify and utilize internal and external resources
 • Identify customer base including consumer and organizational markets and demographics
 • Identify customer relations or markets
 • Demonstrate successful price selection including the reasoning and methods used in
     determining the price
Secondary competitors will provide the reasoning and justification for an amount of money being
 requested (loan amount) for establishing their business
 Post-Secondary competitors will present, in addition to the above, an analysis of the necessary
 financial data required for establishing their business
Specifications:
 • The contestant will develop a business plan and demonstrate oral communication skills.
 • The contestant will develop a business plan for a start-up business in his/her community or local
   area. Entries outlining the purchase of a franchise or existing business do not satisfy the topic and
   are subject to disqualification.
 • The contestant will develop a business plan to market a product or service. All pages in the
   plan must be individually bound. The total bound plan (text and binding included) must not




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     exceed one inch in thickness. The business plan must not exceed fifteen (15) pages, single-
     sided, single spaced.
•    The completed research paper only (as a pdf file) must be submitted to the National Center by
     e-mail at entrepreneurship@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2009.
     The subject line of the message should be “Entrepreneurship- contestant number.” The use of
     e-mail delivery receipt is encouraged, as confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by the
     National Center. The limit for file size is five (5) MB. No fax or mailed copies will be
     accepted.
•    Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
     materials. The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
     registered contestants and/or those missing contestant number cannot be accepted.
 •   No changes can be made to the project after the date of submission.
•    An additional copy of the plan with supporting documentation and Statement of Originality
     must be provided at the time of the presentation at the NLC at both Preliminary and Final
     Competition.
•    Contestant will present before a panel of judges and timekeeper. No audience will be allowed.
•    The length of set-up will be no more than five (5) minutes.
•    Set-up will be stopped at five (5) minutes to begin the presentation.
•    The length of the presentation will be no more than ten (10) minutes and followed by judges’
     questions.
•    Presentation will be stopped at ten (10) minutes.
•    The completed plan must include but is not limited to the following:
        − Title Page and Table of Contents*
        − Executive Summary
        − Description of proposed business
        − Objectives of the business
        − Proposed business strategies
        − Product(s) and/or service(s) to be provided
        − Management and ownership of the business
        − Marketing analysis
        − Customer profile
        − Competition
        − Short-range operational goals
        − (S only) Requested loan amount including reasoning and justification
        − (PS only) Financial analysis (include requested loan amount, income statement, balance
           sheet, cash flow statement, and other analyses)
        − Supporting documents (research, charts, brochures, résumés, etc.)*
        − A statement signed by the contestant and advisor that the plan is an original composition*
•    It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
     laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the
     Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be
     DISQUALIFIED for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
       *Not included in 15-page limit
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
• Written business plan which includes marketing plan
• Oral presentation




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Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes set-up
• No more than ten (10) minutes oral presentation
• No more than five (5) minutes judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels
Equipment Provided:
• Projection surface at National competition only.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.


Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.

Materials submitted for technical judging cannot be returned. It is the local chapter
advisor’s responsibility to pick up materials submitted at the time of competition. A time
and place for material pick-up will be published in the conference program. Any materials
not picked up will be destroyed on site.




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                                   Entrepreneurship (61)
                                  Statement of Originality
Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be
accepted.

Please note: The Contestant Number is the same as the Member Number in the BPA On-line Registration System.


Name                                                                                 Grade

Contestant #

School Name

School Address

City, State, ZIP

School Phone                                        School Fax

Advisor Name                                        E-mail




                                         Student Verification

I, the undersigned, attest that the research for this project was conducted solely by me and that the
work resulting from my effort is original.


_________________________________________________
Student signature                                                     Date


                                         Advisor Verification

I have read the plan and verify that it reflects the above-named student’s original work.



_________________________________________________                     ____________________
Advisor signature                                                     Date




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                           Entrepreneurship (61)
               Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number                                                  Contestant Number_______________

                                           Below                                      Points
Items to Evaluate                         Average   Average       Good    Excellent   Earned
Written Business Plan:
• Title page and table of contents          1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Executive summary for business            1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Description of business                   1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Vision (objectives) of business           1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Mission (business strategies)             1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Product(s) and/or service(s)
    description                             1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Management structure (ownership of
    business)                               1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Market analysis                           1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Customer profile and competition          1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Operating plan (short-range goals)        1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• (S only) Financial Analysis
    (requested loan amount)
• (PS only) Financial analysis (include
    requested loan amount, income
    statement, balance sheet, cash flow
    statement, and other analyses)          1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Supporting documentation                  1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25
• Overall appearance, conciseness and
    completeness                            1-6       7-13        14-19    20-25



                                                      TOTAL POINTS (325 maximum)




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                      Entrepreneurship (61)
   Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                  Contestant Number_______________
                                           Below                                         Points
Items to Evaluate                         Average    Average      Good     Excellent     Earned
Oral Presentation:
• Opening and summary                       1-6        7-12       13-19      20-25
• Content of presentation                   1-12      13-25       26-37      38-50
• Effectiveness of presentation             1-12      13-25       26-37      38-50
• Answers to Judges’ questions              1-10      11-20       21-30      31-40

                                                         TOTAL POINTS (165 points)

PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant,
not per judge.
• One copy of plan with supporting documents and entry form                10

                                          TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS      (10 points)

           TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                  PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                   (325 points maximum)                   Judge 1 (165 points maximum)


                                                          Judge 2 (165 points maximum)

                                                      PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                      DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                       PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                             POINTS
                                                                 (10 points maximum)

                                                          TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                 RANK




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                         Entrepreneurship (61)
        Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                 Contestant Number_______________


                                         Below                                           Points
Items to Evaluate                       Average     Average      Good     Excellent      Earned
Oral Presentation:
• Opening and summary                     1-6         7-12       13-19      20-25
• Content of presentation                 1-12       13-25       26-37      38-50
• Effectiveness of presentation           1-12       13-25       26-37      38-50
• Answers to Judges’ questions            1-10       11-20       21-30      31-40

                                                         TOTAL POINTS (165 points)

PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant,
not per judge.
• One copy of plan with supporting documents and entry form                10

                                       TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS        (10 points)
                                                       FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                          Judge 1 (165 points maximum)


                                                          Judge 2 (165 points maximum)

                                                     PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                     DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES


                                                      PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                (10 points maximum)

                                                         TOTAL (175 points maximum)

                                                                                RANK




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                          Entrepreneurship (61)
                    Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number     ______                                 Contestant Number _____________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive manner
regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




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Small Business Management Team (62)
Description
The team will use strategic planning and problem-solving skills to provide solutions to the business case
study provided. At State and National level, teams will be presented with an additional element to the
scenario that requires revision of their final presentation.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. A team will consist of 2-4 members.

 Team must supply                                 Business Professionals of America
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils, pen                       assumes no responsibility for
 Computer (optional)                                hardware/software provided by the team.
 Projection equipment (optional)                  No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Easel (optional)                                   than those specified for an event will be
 Poster board and/or flipcharts and markers         allowed in the testing area.
  (optional)                                      No previous Business Professionals of
 Published and/or unpublished written               America tests and/or sample tests or
  reference materials                               facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                    photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                    into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                    rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Demonstrate self-esteem, self- and team-management, and integrity
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of business management concepts
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills to make decisions and solve problems
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of entrepreneurial concepts
• Evaluate, prioritize, interpret, and communicate analysis of data
• Allocate time, money, materials, space, and staff
• Negotiate business solutions
• Implement plan of action
• Apply problem solving techniques
• Organize ideas and communicate orally in group presentation
• Apply understanding of managing equipment needs, merchandising, business ethics, personal
  image, market research, advertising, bankruptcy, legal issues, financial issues, expansion,
  international business, environmental issues, economic issues, and customer relations
Specifications:
It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright laws,
which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf.
Use the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual.
Contestant(s) will be DISQUALIFIED for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
• Team will present before a panel of judges and timekeeper. No audience will be allowed.
• The length of set-up in presentation room will be no more than five (5) minutes.
• Set-up will be stopped at five (5) minutes to begin the presentation.




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• The length of the presentation will be no more than ten (10) minutes and followed by judges’
  questions.
• Presentation will be stopped at ten (10) minutes.


Topic:
Kenn and Santino have recently retired from corporate careers. Having invested wisely, they wish to
develop a business in the Denver area.

The “Kentino Limo” Service plans to initially start with the high school market at prom time and expand
to other areas such as weddings, business visitors, and special events such as when Denver next
hosts the Super Bowl or World Series.

They have come to your consulting firm for advice in drawing up a plan for beginning the limousine
service.

Kenn and Santino would like to begin with four vehicles and three drivers adding more vehicles and
drivers after a few months. They have recently acquired office space with three months free rent if
they signed a 15 month lease and pay the lease in full which they did. Kenn has a remaining amount
of $36,000 to invest and Santino has a remaining amount of $41,000 to invest in this venture.

   1.   What types of vehicles would be cost efficient to begin this venture?
   2.   Where will be vehicles be kept and what type of maintenance costs should be considered?
   3.   What insurance coverage should considered for the fleet of vehicles?
   4.   What type of license is required to drive the limousines? What is the cost and training required
        for this type of license?
   5.   What advertising venues should be considered for the limo business?
   6.   What type of competition will they be facing?
   7.   Will additional capital be required over their accumulated amount to get the business up and
        running? How much more will be needed?
   8.   Is beginning with four vehicles and three drivers a realistic goal for Kentino Limo Service?
   9.   When should they consider purchasing additional limos and hiring additional drivers?

Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
• Team presentation of business solutions (all team members must participate with no indication of
  names, chapter, location, city, state, etc.)
• Question/answer period by judges on the case problem presented
Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes orientation
• No more than 30 minutes preparation time
• No more than five (5) minutes set-up in presentation room
• No more than ten (10) minutes presentation time
• No more than ten (10) minutes judges’ questions
• Finals may be required at State and National levels
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Case problem
• Projection surface at National competition only.



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Preparation Room
  If desired, team may bring one (1) laptop/notebook computer, portable printer, projection
  equipment, software, and paper (must bring all or none) for use in the preparation room. Electrical
  power will be provided. Carry-in and set-up of equipment must be done solely by the team and
  must take place within the time allowed for orientation/warm-up.
Contest Presentation
  Team may use one laptop/notebook computer, projection equipment, posters, flip charts, or graphs
  for presentation. Those who want to use a computer/projection equipment for presentation must
  provide their own equipment. No computers will be provided in the presentation room. Carry-in
  and set-up of equipment must be done solely by the team and take place within the time allotted.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed, stamped
envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




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                  Small Business Management Team (62)
             Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
 Judge Number                                                           Team Number ___________
                                         Below                                          Points
Items to Evaluate                       Average    Average      Good        Excellent   Earned

Oral presentation
Opening and summary                       1-18       19-37      38-56        57-75

Content of presentation                   1-35       36-70     71-104       105-140

Effectiveness of presentation
(includes all team members’
participation; no indication of
chapter location, city, state, etc.)      1-18       19-37      38-56        57-75

Solution to problem
Quality of solution
                                          1-18       19-37      38-56        57-75
                                          1-10       11-20      21-30        31-40
Problem solving skills
Team addressed additional
information that was given on             1-10       11-20      21-30        31-40
site
                                          1-10       11-20      21-30        31-40
Answers to judges’ questions

                                                       TOTAL POINTS (485 maximum)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per team, not per judge.
All registered team members present for entire event                              15
                                                        TOTAL POINTS (15 maximum)
SUMMARY TOTALS:

     Judge 1 (485 points maximum)
                                                         TOTAL JUDGES’ POINTS
     Judge 2 (485 points maximum)
                                                                (485 points maximum)


        Total judges points divided                           SPECIFICATION POINTS
               by number of judges _________                      (15 points maximum)

                                                                      FINAL SCORE
                                                                (500 points maximum)



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                     Small Business Management Team (62)
                   Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
 Judge Number                                                                Team Number ___________
                                            Below                                              Points
Items to Evaluate                          Average     Average      Good         Excellent     Earned

Oral presentation
Opening and summary                          1-18       19-37       38-56         57-75

Content of presentation                      1-35       36-70       71-104       105-140

Effectiveness of presentation
(includes all team members’
participation; no indication of chapter
location, city, state, etc.)                 1-18       19-37       38-56         57-75

Solution to problem
Quality of solution
                                             1-18       19-37       38-56         57-75

Problem solving skills                       1-10       11-20       21-30         31-40

Team addressed additional
                                             1-10       11-20       21-30         31-40
information that was given on site
                                             1-10       11-20       21-30         31-40
Answers to judges’ questions

                                                             TOTAL POINTS (485 maximum)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per team, not per judge.

All registered team members present for entire event                                   15

                                                                TOTAL POINTS (15 maximum)

SUMMARY TOTALS:

         Judge 1 (485 points maximum)

         Judge 2 (485 points maximum)                       TOTAL JUDGES’ POINTS
                                                                     (485 points maximum)


                                                                     SPECIFICATION POINTS
        Total judges points divided
                                                                         (15 points maximum)
               by number of judges

                                                                              FINAL SCORE
                                                                       (500 points maximum)




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                  Small Business Management Team (62)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
     Judge Number                                            Team Number ________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of the team’s competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 162
Graphic Design Promotion (63)
Description
Develop a theme, illustrate the theme in a logo design, then utilize the logo in a promotional flyer.
NOTE: The output of this competition is to be produced as the NLC advertising and logo for 2010.
This means that for this competition only, you must adhere to Copyright Law. Copyright and Fair Use
Guidelines do not apply. You may not use any words, diagrams, clipart and/or artwork that are
not public domain. Copyrighted materials, other than the Business Professionals of America
logo, name, and tagline, may not be used—even with written permission.
Eligibility
Any student may enter this event. Students participating in National Level Competition must be
registered for the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.

Contestant must supply                             No equipment, supplies, or materials other
One electronic version of the flyer and logo on      than those specified for an event will be
  CD in JPEG or GIF format and in PDF                allowed in the testing area.
  formats                                          No previous Business Professionals of
Two (2) plastic sheet protectors (8½" x 11")         America tests and/or sample tests or
  each containing three documents—one                facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
  flyer, one student-generated logo, and one         photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
  Graphic Design Resource/Release Form               into the testing area. Violation of this
One 10" x 13" envelope containing the above          rule will result in disqualification.
  items (two plastic sheet protectors and one
  CD)
Additional copies of flyer, logo and forms for
  preliminary and final competition (as
  described below)
Competencies:
•  Demonstrate knowledge of graphic design and rules for layout
•  Demonstrate effective use of color, lines, text, graphics, shapes, etc.
•  Demonstrate the ability to present ideas to prospective customers illustrating reasoning and logic
   for the theme
The contestant may demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following:
•   Use principles of design, layout, and typography in graphic design
•   Generate a promotional flyer for marketing purposes
•   Use appropriate artwork and design techniques to effectively illustrate a theme
•   Apply technical skills to manipulate graphics, artwork, and image

Specifications:
•   Contestant may select any theme that promotes the Business Professionals of America National
    Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California: May 5-9, 2010.
•   Theme needs to be 25 characters or less including spaces.
•   Dimensions of flyer must be 8½" x 11".
•   Dimensions of the student-generated logo must not exceed 4" x 4". Student-generated logo must
    be presented on a separate 8½" x 11" paper.
•   Product should be printed on white paper and in the intended color scheme.




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•   Two (2) originals, flyer and student-generated logo, shall be produced at the home/school. The
    graphics must not be professionally or commercially produced.
•   Place one copy of the flyer, one copy of student-generated logo and one keyed copy of the
    Graphic Design Promotion Resource/Release Form in each of the two separate sheet protectors.
•   Both of the plastic sheet protectors and a CD with electronic files of the logo and flyer must be
    submitted in one 10” x 13” envelope to the National Center, 5454 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus,
    OH 43231-4021, and postmarked April 1, 2009. Please mark the submission with the event name
    and division. Students are encouraged to use certified mail or another traceable method of
    delivery. Confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by the National Center. No fax or
    mailed copies will be accepted.
•   Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
    materials. The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
    registered contestants and/or those missing contestant number cannot be accepted.
•   No changes can be made to the project after the date of submission.
•   An additional copy of the flyer and student-generated logo, along with one copy of the Graphic
    Design Promotion Resource/Release Form must be presented for judges’ reference at the time of
    the presentation for both Preliminary and Final Competition. Students may also bring one
    additional 8½" x 11" flyer and one additional logo for use during the presentation at both
    Preliminary and Final competitions. The flyers, logos and forms cannot be returned.
•   The length of the presentation will be no more than seven (7) minutes. The presentation will be
    stopped at seven (7) minutes and will be followed by judges’ questions.
•   All graphics must be computer generated. Only public domain and contestant-prepared graphics
    may be used in the design. Originality and effectiveness will be given greater consideration. No
    copyright items may be used, even with written permission. The Copyright and Fair Use
    Guidelines do not apply to this competition.
•   Business Professionals of America logo, name, and tagline must appear on the flyer. National
    Business Professionals of America grants permission for the use of the copyrighted logo and
    tagline.
•   All written materials must follow the organization’s Graphic Standards and make proper use of the
    BPA logo and/or organization’s name. (Refer to the Graphic Standards in the Style & Reference
    Manual.)
•   Contestant’s name may not appear anywhere on output.
•   No registered trademarks, or names may be used. It is the policy of Business Professionals of
    America to comply with state and federal copyright laws. Although a work may be freely
    accessible on the Internet and contain no statement of copyright, copyright law provides that such
    works are protected. Contestants must assume that works are protected by copyright until they
    learn otherwise. The contestant will be DISQUALIFIED for copyright violations.
•   The top three places in the Middle Level, Secondary and Post- secondary National Competition
    will be submitted to the selection committee for consideration to be used as the theme for the
    following membership year.

Topic
Develop a flyer and logo promoting the Business Professionals of America National Leadership
Conference in Anaheim, CA, May 5-9, 2010.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
Length of event:
• No more than seven (7) minutes of oral presentation
• No more than three (3) minutes for judges’ questions




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Contest Presentation:
• The contestant will give a presentation on how the graphic was developed and produced. A
  question and answer session will follow.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.



Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed, stamped
envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.

Materials submitted for Graphic Design Promotion will not be returned.




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                           Graphic Design Promotion (63)
                              Resource/Release Form


Please key all information requested below. Handwritten and incomplete forms will not be
accepted.

Please note:
The Contestant Number is the same as the Member Number in the BPA On-line Registration System.



Chapter Name: _____________________________________________________________

Contestant Name: __________________________________________________________

Contestant #: _______________________________________________________________




  I, the undersigned, attest that the design and creation is my original work. Furthermore, I
  attest that the production is in accordance with state and federal copyright laws.

  I consent to its reproduction, use, and/or modification in any way for use by Business
  Professionals of America National Center.

List all sources used in the process to create the artwork. Include the hardware and software used.




  Contestant Signature            Date                 Advisor Signature              Date




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                      Graphic Design Promotion (63)
               Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                   Contestant Number _______________

                                                Below                                      Points
Items to Evaluate                              Average    Average      Good    Excellent   Earned
Design shows imagination, creativity,            1-15       16-30      31-45    46-60
and originality

Student-generated logo shows                     1-15       16-30      31-45    46-60
imagination, creativity and originality

Appropriate use of grammar, spelling             1-9        10-18      19-27    28-35
and punctuation

Design gains attention and has eye               1-9        10-18      19-27    28-35
appeal

Generated theme promotes NLC                     1-9        10-18      19-27    28-35

Effectiveness (easily understood,                1-5        6-10       11-15    16-20
motivational, accurate)

Conforms to BPA Graphic Standards                1-5        6-10       11-15    16-20
as outlined in the Style and Reference
Manual

Student-generated logo is effective              1-5        6-10       11-15    16-20
when reduced to trading pin size
                                                            TOTAL POINTS (285 maximum)




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                    Graphic Design Promotion (63)
     Preliminary Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                        Contestant Number _______________
                                              Below                                                 Points
Items to Evaluate                            Average      Average        Good       Excellent       Earned

Oral presentation/stage presence/delivery       1-5         6-10         11-15        16-20


Content of presentation                        1-12         13-25        26-37        38-50


Effectiveness of presentation                   1-5         6-10         11-15        16-20


Consistency in graphic and theme                1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35


Answers to judges’ questions                   1-12         13-25        26-37        38-50

                                                   TOTAL POINTS (175 maximum)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant,
not per judge.
Submitted one copy of each at time of presentation: flyer, logo and resource/release form.            10

Contestant name does not appear on submitted output.                                                  5
Flyer is submitted on 8 ½" x 11" paper.                                                               5
Dimensions of student-generated logo do not exceed 4" x 4" and is submitted on separate
8 ½" x 11" paper.                                                                                     5
Conforms to BPA Graphic Standards. Logo and tagline must be used together. Color could be
the same either in black, navy, or the official colors.                                               15

                                            TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (40 maximum)

           TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                       PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                    (285 points maximum)                           Judge 1 (175 points maximum)


                                                                   Judge 2 (175 points maximum)

                                                           PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                           DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                             PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                   POINTS
                                                                       (40 points maximum)

                                                                 TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                             RANK




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                      Graphic Design Promotion (63)
          Final Presentation Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                        Contestant Number _______________

                                              Below                                                 Points
Items to Evaluate                            Average      Average        Good       Excellent       Earned

Oral presentation/stage presence/delivery       1-5         6-10         11-15        16-20


Content of presentation                        1-12         13-25        26-37        38-50


Effectiveness of presentation                   1-5         6-10         11-15        16-20


Consistency in graphic and theme                1-9         10-18        19-27        28-35


Answers to judges’ questions                   1-12         13-25        26-37        38-50

                                                   TOTAL POINTS (175 maximum)
PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant,
not per judge.
Submitted one copy of each at time of presentation: flyer, logo and resource/release form.            10

Contestant name does not appear on submitted output.                                                  5
Flyer is submitted on 8 ½" x 11" paper.                                                               5
Dimensions of student-generated logo do not exceed 4" x 4" and is submitted on separate 8
½" x 11" paper.                                                                                       5
Conforms to BPA Graphic Standards. Logo and tagline must be used together. Color could be
the same either in black, navy, or the official colors.                                               15

                                            TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS (40 maximum)
                                                               FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                                   Judge 1 (175 points maximum)


                                                                   Judge 2 (175 points maximum)

                                                           PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                           DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES



                                                             PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                       (40 points maximum)

                                                                 TOTAL (215 points maximum)

                                                                                             RANK




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                         Graphic Design Promotion (63)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number     _____                               Contestant Number ________________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive manner
regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 170
Interview Skills (64)
Description
Assess proficiency in job search and interview situations.
Eligibility
Student may not enter both Interview Skills and Advanced Interview Skills in the same year. This
event may not be repeated. Students participating in National Level Competition must be registered for
the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.

 Contestant must supply                           No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Black pens                                         than those specified for an event will be
 One copy of each: résumé, application letter       allowed in the testing area.
  and résumé                                      No previous Business Professionals of
 One page data sheet to be used during the          America tests and/or sample tests or
   pre-interview                                    facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                    photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                    into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                    rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of employability search
• Apply technical writing skills to produce application letter and résumé
• Demonstrate effective communication skills
• Apply research to determine qualifications for jobs
• Produce application letter and résumé
• Complete job application form
• Demonstrate quality grooming through proper dress
• Discuss understanding of work ethics and work environments
• Describe knowledge of job advancement
• Demonstrate interpersonal skills
Specifications:
• Contestant will indicate on his/her résumé the position for which he/she is applying. There are
   openings in all departments of Professional Business Associates shown on the Organizational
   Chart found in the Style & Reference Manual.
• Contestant may interview for any position listed on the Organizational Chart for which he/she
   is qualified.
• Information in the letter and résumé must be authentic; however, contestants may choose to
   use a fictitious personal address and telephone number.
• The use of references on the résumé is optional.
• The application letter (as a pdf file) and résumé (as a pdf file) must be submitted to the
   National Center by e-mail at interview@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on
   April 1, 2009. The subject line of the message should be “Interview Skills- contestant
   number.” The use of e-mail delivery receipt is encouraged, as confirmation of receipt
   cannot be provided by the National Center. No fax or mailed copies will be accepted.
• Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of
   materials. The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-
   registered contestants, those missing contestant number and/or projects received after
   the deadline cannot be accepted.




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• No changes can be made to the project after the date of submission.
• The application letter must be addressed as follows:
      Ms. Julie Smith, Manager
      Human Resources Department
      Professional Business Associates
      5454 Cleveland Avenue
      Columbus, OH 43231-4021
• One copy of the résumé may be used for reference during the interview. Previously
  submitted materials will not be available at the time of interview. No other materials will
  be allowed (i.e., business cards, thank-you notes, etc.) during the remainder of the Interview
  Skills contest.
• An additional copy of the résumé, application letter and completed application form must be
  provided at the time of the interview at NLC, for both Preliminary and Final Competition.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
Length of event:
• No more than 15 minutes for interview
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Equipment/supplies provided:
• Application form
Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




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                         Interview Skills (64)
            Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
                             Pre-Interview
Judge Number                                             Contestant Number _____________
PRE-INTERVIEW FORMS: The items below are to be evaluated prior to the interview.
                                                                               Points
                                                                               Earned
Application Letter:
                                                                    0-35
• Correct grammar, spelling, and format

•   Content is clear and complete                                     0-30
Résumé:
• Correct spelling                                                    0-35
• Consistent and attractive format
•   Presents skills, experience, and education                        0-35
Application Form:
• Followed directions                                                 0-50
• Complete
• Correct spelling and grammar
• Proper capitalization

                                                 TOTAL POINTS (185 maximum)


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded as part of the pre-
interview score.

•   Indicated position applying for on résumé and addressed            15
    application letter correctly

                                                    TOTAL POINTS (15 points)



                                        TOTAL TECHNICAL POINTS (200 points) ___________




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                           Interview Skills (64)
             Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                            Contestant Number _____________
INTERVIEW: The items below are to be evaluated during the interview.
                                                    Below                                       Points
                                                  Average        Average    Good    Excellent   Earned
Applicant’s Greeting:
• Proper introduction                                1-3           4-7       8-11    12-15
• Positive first impression                          1-3           4-7       8-11    12-15

Applicant’s Appearance:
• Neat, well groomed                                 1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Appropriately attired                              1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Personality and Poise:
• Positive, courteous, sincere, and confident        1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Good posture, gestures, and eye contact
                                                     1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
Communication Skills:
• Proper grammar                                     1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Good pronunciation and enunciation                 1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Pleasant voice and tone                            1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Responses:
• Responded with appropriate answers                 1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Showed knowledge of potential position             1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Indicated knowledge of company                     1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Asked appropriate questions                        1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Volunteered information                            1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Demonstrated initiative and enthusiasm             1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Skills: Showed evidence of the following
• Required job skills                                1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Good work habits                                   1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Problem-solving abilities                          1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Close of Interview:
• Expressed a thank you                              1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Concluded interview effectively                    1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15


                                                                TOTAL POINTS (300 maximum)




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TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                          PRELIMINARY INTERVIEW TOTALS:

         (200 points maximum)                    Judge 1 (300 points maximum)


                                                 Judge 2 (300 points maximum)

                                                 INTERVIEW TOTALS
                                                 DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF
                                                 JUDGES



                                                 TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                       RANK




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                            Interview Skills (64)
                 Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                           Contestant Number _____________
INTERVIEW: The items below are to be evaluated during the interview.
                                                   Below                                       Points
                                                 Average        Average    Good    Excellent   Earned
Applicant’s Greeting:
• Proper introduction                               1-3            4-7      8-11    12-15
• Positive first impression                         1-3            4-7      8-11    12-15

Applicant’s Appearance:
• Neat, well groomed                                1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Appropriately attired                             1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Personality and Poise:
• Positive, courteous, sincere, and confident       1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Good posture, gestures, and eye contact
                                                    1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
Communication Skills:
• Proper grammar                                    1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Good pronunciation and enunciation                1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Pleasant voice and tone                           1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Responses:
• Responded with appropriate answers                1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Showed knowledge of potential position            1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Indicated knowledge of company                    1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Asked appropriate questions                       1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Volunteered information                           1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Demonstrated initiative and enthusiasm            1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Skills: Showed evidence of the following
• Required job skills                               1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Good work habits                                  1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Problem-solving abilities                         1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15

Close of Interview:
• Expressed a thank you                             1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15
• Concluded interview effectively                   1-3          4-7        8-11    12-15


                                                               TOTAL POINTS (300 maximum)




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                  FINAL INTERVIEW TOTALS:

                 Judge 1 (300 points maximum)


                 Judge 2 (300 points maximum)

             INTERVIEW TOTALS DIVIDED BY
             NUMBER OF JUDGES



                 TOTAL (300 points maximum)

                                       RANK




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                           Interview Skills (64)
                       Advanced Interview Skills (65)
The following are suggested, but not required, guidelines for rating the résumé,
letter of application, and application form.
       RÉSUMÉ
       Position applying for listed
       Length of résumé
          1– 2 pages, 1 page preferred
       Layout
          readable style
          margins even
          spacing appropriate
          use full page (centered top to bottom; left aligned)
          consistent format
          “references available upon request” (optional)
       Chronological order of employment
       Grammar/Spelling
       LETTER OF APPLICATION
       Introduction
           position applying for stated
           where learned of position
           ask to apply
           interest in company
       Skills
           technical skills (measurable computer skills)
           soft skills (interpersonal skills)
       Closing
           request for interview
           contact number

       APPLICATION FORM
       Completeness
          N/A or line in every section – no blank lines
          form signed electronically
       Grammar/Spelling
          proper capitalization
       Followed directions
          experience listed in proper order
          gave complete addresses per instructions




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                      Professional Business Associates
                            Organizational Chart
Professional Business Associates develops and sells software, hardware, and services. The
services provided are:
       1.   Systems analysis
       2.   Software development and design
       3.   Marketing
       4.   Training development
       5.   Hardware and software sales

This large corporation has a branch office in the capital of each membership state. The
corporate headquarters is located at 5454 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, OH 43231-4021,
and has 200+ employees. Management includes:
   Chief Executive Officer                    Nancy Wells
   Financial Services Department              Harvey Rosen
   Information Technology Department          Tom Carlson
   Human Resources Department                 Julie Smith
   Marketing Department                       Roger Meyer
   Administrative Support Department          Edna Renick

                                        Chief Executive Officer
                          Information                                                   Administrative
Financial Services                          Human Resources         Marketing
                          Technology                                                      Support
1. Office Assistant   1. Office Assistant   1. Office           1. Office Assistant   1. Office Assistant
2. Data Entry         2. Data Entry Clerk      Assistant        2. Information        2. Information
   Clerk              3. Database           2. Human                Processing           Processing
3. Payroll Clerk          Specialist           Resources            Assistant            Specialist
4. Accounting         4. Information           Assistant        3. Administrative     3. Administrative
   Clerk                  Processing        3. Information          Assistant            Assistant
5. Administrative         Assistant            Processing       4. Desktop            4. Database
   Clerk              5. Administrative        Assistant            Publisher            Specialist
6. Database               Assistant         4. Administrative   5. Graphic Design     5. Spreadsheet
   Assistant          6. Programmer            Assistant            Assistant            Specialist
7. Spreadsheet        7. Software           5. Medical          6. Desktop            6. Desktop
   Specialist             Engineer             Support              Publishing/          Publishing
8. Accountant         8. PC Servicing/         Assistant            Graphic              Assistant
9. Financial              Troubleshooting   6. Insurance            Assistant         7. Legal Research
   Analyst            9. Network               Benefits Clerk   7. International         Assistant
                          Administration    7. Management           Business          8. Graphic Design
                      10. Digital Media        Assistant            Coordinator          Assistant
                          Specialist        8. Payroll          8. Website Liaison    9. Management
                      11. E-commerce           Specialist       9. Management            Assistant
                          Specialist        9. Wellness             Assistant
                      12. Website              Coordinator      10. Small Business
                          Developer                                 Liaison
                                                                11. Research
                                                                    Assistant




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                           Interview Skills (64)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                        Contestant Number __________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 180
Advanced Interview Skills (65)
Description
Assess advanced proficiency in job search, interview situations, and portfolio development.
Eligibility
Contestant may not enter both Interview Skills and Advanced Interview Skills in the same year.
Advanced Interview Skills may be repeated. Students participating in National Level Competition
must be registered for the event prior to submission deadline for technical judging.

Contestant must supply                             No equipment, supplies, or materials other
Black pens                                           than those specified for an event will be
One copy of each: résumé, application letter         allowed in the testing area.
 and résumé                                        No previous Business Professionals of
Career portfolio (see specifications)                America tests and/or sample tests or
One-page data sheet to be used during the pre-       facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 interview                                           photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                     the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                     result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of employability search
• Apply technical writing skills to produce application letter and résumé
• Demonstrate effective communication skills
• Demonstrate the ability to create and effectively use an employment portfolio
• Apply research to determine qualifications for jobs
• Produce application letter and résumé
• Complete job application form
• Demonstrate quality grooming through proper dress
• Discuss understanding of work ethics and work environments
• Describe knowledge of job advancement
• Demonstrate interpersonal skills
• Create an attractive portfolio for use during a job interview (see Specifications)
Specifications:
• Contestant will indicate on résumé position for which he/she is applying. There are openings in all
  departments of Professional Business Associates shown on the Organizational Chart found in the
  Style & Reference Manual.
• Contestant may interview for any position listed on the Organizational Chart for which he/she is
  qualified.
• Information in the letter and résumé must be authentic; however, contestants may choose to use a
  fictitious personal address and telephone number.
• The application letter (as a pdf file) and résumé (as a pdf file) must be submitted to the National
  Center by e-mail at advinterview@bpa.org no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2009.
  The subject line of the message should be “Advanced Interview Skills- contestant number.” The use
  of e-mail delivery receipt is encouraged, as confirmation of receipt cannot be provided by the
  National Center. No fax or mailed copies will be accepted.




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•   Contestants must be registered for National-level competition prior to submission of materials.
    The contestant number must be included as indicated. Materials from non-registered
    contestants and/or those missing contestant number cannot be accepted.
•   No changes can be made to the project after the date of submission.
•   The application letter must be addressed as follows:
        Ms. Julie Smith, Manager
        Human Resources Department
        Professional Business Associates
        5454 Cleveland Avenue
        Columbus, OH 43231-4021
•    Portfolio may be up to 20 pages that are displayed back and front in 10 plastic sheet protectors. Only
    paper documentation that is pertinent to this position and fits in an 8 ½" x 11" sheet protector may be
    used. NO ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIOS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Portfolio will not be submitted;
    the contestant will take the portfolio into the interview to be used to demonstrate job
    competence.
•   Contestant may bring a one-page sheet of data to be used to complete the job application form. One
    copy of the résumé may be used for reference during the interview. Previously submitted materials
    will not be available at the time of interview. No materials, will be allowed (i.e., business cards,
    thank you notes, etc.) during the remainder of the Advanced Interview Skills contest.
•    An additional copy of the résumé, application letter and completed application form must be provided
    at the time of the interview at NLC, for both Preliminary and Final Competition.
•   The use of references on the résumé is optional.

Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
Length of event:
• No more than 15 minutes for interview
• Finals may be required at State and National levels
Equipment/supplies provided:
 • Application form

Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.



Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed, stamped
envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                        2008-2009 Edition page 182
                        Advanced Interview Skills (65)
                Technical Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
                               Pre-Interview
Judge Number                                                  Contestant Number _______________

PRE-INTERVIEW FORMS: The items below are to be evaluated prior to the interview.      Points
                                                                                      Earned
Application Letter:
• Correct grammar, spelling, and format                                     0-20

•   Content is clear and complete                                           0-15
Résumé:
• Correct spelling
• Consistent and attractive format                                          0-30
• Presents skills, experience, and education
Application Form:
• Followed directions
• Complete                                                                  0-35
• Correct spelling and grammar
• Proper capitalization

                                                     TOTAL POINTS (100 maximum)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded as part of the pre-interview
score.

•   Indicated position applying for on résumé and addressed application      10
    letter correctly

                                                          TOTAL POINTS (10 points)



                                            TOTAL TECHNICAL POINTS (110 points) _____________




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                        Advanced Interview Skills (65)
               Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
                                  Interview
Judge Number                                                           Contestant Number ______________

INTERVIEW: The items below are to be evaluated during the interview.
                                                     Below                                          Points
                                                    Average       Average      Good     Excellent   Earned
Applicant’s greeting:
• Proper introduction                                  1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Positive first impression                            1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
Applicant’s appearance:
• Neat, well groomed                                   1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Appropriately attired                                1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
Personality and poise:
• Positive, courteous, sincere, and confident          1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Good posture, gestures, and eye contact              1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
Communication skills:
• Proper grammar                                       1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Good pronunciation and enunciation                   1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Pleasant voice and tone                              1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
Responses:
• Responded with appropriate answers                   1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Showed knowledge of potential position               1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Indicated knowledge of company                       1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Asked appropriate questions                          1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Volunteered information                              1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Demonstrated initiative and enthusiasm               1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15

Skills:
• Showed evidence of required job skills               1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Showed evidence of good work habits                  1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Showed evidence of problem-solving abilities         1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
Portfolio:
• No more than 20 pages in 10 plastic sheet
    protectors in ½" 3-ring binder                     1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Information included relates to position             1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Presentation demonstrates job competence             1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15
• Effective use of portfolio                           1-3             4-7      8-11     12-15

                                                                       TOTAL POINTS (330 maximum)




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TECHNICAL SCORE TOTALS:                  PRELIMINARY INTERVIEW TOTALS:

       (110 points maximum)               Judge 1 (330 points maximum)


                                          Judge 2 (330 points maximum)

                                         INTERVIEW TOTALS
                                         DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF
                                         JUDGES



                                          TOTAL (440 points maximum)

                                                                RANK




                              2008-2009 Edition page 185
                           Advanced Interview Skills (65)
                    Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
                                    Interview
Judge Number                                                  Contestant Number ______________

INTERVIEW: The items below are to be evaluated during the interview.
                                                  Below                                  Points
                                                 Average    Average   Good   Excellent   Earned
Applicant’s greeting:
• Proper introduction                              1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Positive first impression                        1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
Applicant’s appearance:
• Neat, well groomed                               1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Appropriately attired                            1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
Personality and poise:
• Positive, courteous, sincere, and confident      1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Good posture, gestures, and eye contact          1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
Communication skills:
• Proper grammar                                   1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Good pronunciation and enunciation               1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Pleasant voice and tone                          1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
Responses:
• Responded with appropriate answers               1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Showed knowledge of potential position           1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Indicated knowledge of company                   1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Asked appropriate questions                      1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Volunteered information                          1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Demonstrated initiative and enthusiasm           1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15

Skills:
• Showed evidence of required job skills           1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Showed evidence of good work habits              1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Showed evidence of problem-solving abilities     1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
Portfolio:
• No more than 20 pages in 10 plastic sheet
    protectors in ½" 3-ring binder                 1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Information included relates to position         1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Presentation demonstrates job competence         1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15
• Effective use of portfolio                       1-3        4-7     8-11     12-15




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                 FINAL INTERVIEW TOTALS:

                     Judge 1 (330 points maximum)


                     Judge 2 (330 points maximum)

                 INTERVIEW TOTALS DIVIDED BY
                 NUMBER OF JUDGES



                     TOTAL (330 points maximum)

                                           RANK




2008-2009 Edition page 187
                                Interview Skills (64)
                            Advanced Interview Skills (65)
The following are suggested, but not required, guidelines for rating the résumé, letter of
application, and application form.
       RÉSUMÉ
       Position applying for listed
       Length of résumé
          1– 2 pages, 1 page preferred
       Layout
          readable style
          margins even
          spacing appropriate
          use full page (centered top to bottom; left aligned)
          consistent format
          “references available upon request” (optional)
       Chronological order of employment
       Grammar/Spelling
       LETTER OF APPLICATION
       Introduction
           position applying for stated
           where learned of position
           ask to apply
           interest in company
       Skills
           technical skills (measurable computer skills)
           soft skills (interpersonal skills)
       Closing
           request for interview
           contact number

       APPLICATION FORM
       Completeness
          N/A or line in every section – no blank lines
          form signed electronically
       Grammar/Spelling
          proper capitalization
       Followed directions
          experience listed in proper order
          gave complete addresses per instructions




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                        Advanced Interview Skills (65)
                     Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number                                             Contestant Number _______________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive manner
regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 189
Extemporaneous Speech (66)
Description
Demonstrate communication skills in arranging, organizing, and effectively presenting information orally
without prior knowledge of the topic.
Eligibility
The event may be repeated. Contestant may not enter both Extemporaneous Speech and Human
Resource Management in the same year.

    Contestant must supply                        No equipment, supplies, or materials other
    Pencils or pens                                 than those specified for an event will be
                                                    allowed in the testing area.
                                                  No previous Business Professionals of
                                                    America tests and/or sample tests or
                                                    facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
                                                    photocopied, or keyed) may be taken into
                                                    the testing area. Violation of this rule will
                                                    result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate effective communication skills
• Demonstrate skills in developing a speech using the three basic elements (introduction, body,
   conclusion)
• Apply speaking techniques using appropriate tempo and pitch
• Utilize nonverbal gestures as needed
Specifications
•   The contestant will draw two (2) different business topics and will select either one. The topics
    may deal with Business Professionals of America, office situations, the business world, etc.
•   The contestant will be provided ten (10) minutes to develop the topic. Notes will be made on
    the note card provided by the event proctor. No advisor contact will be allowed between the
    time of receiving the topic and the delivery.
•   No materials or previously prepared notes will be allowed into the preparation or presentation
    room with the contestant.
•   The length of the speech will be no less than three (3) minutes and no more than five (5) minutes.
•   The speech will be stopped after five (5) minutes.
•   The contestant will speak before a panel of judges and a timekeeper. No audience will be allowed.
•   The contestant will be given warnings via flash cards when there are two (2) minutes
    remaining and when there is (1) minute remaining during the speaking time.
Method of evaluation:
•   Application (judges’ rating sheet)
Length of event:
•   No more than ten (10) minutes preparation
•   No less than three (3) and no more than five (5) minutes oral presentation
•   Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Equipment/supplies provided:
•   One note card for preparation of presentation
Entries:
•      Each state is allowed three (3) entries.



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                        Extemporaneous Speech (66)
              Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                   Contestant Number ______________
                                               Below                                             Points
Items to Evaluate                             Average      Average         Good    Excellent     Earned
Opening:
• Introduction                                  1-12         13-25         26-38     39-50
Voice:
                                                1-17         18-35         36-58     59-70
• Pitch, tempo, volume, enthusiasm
Platform Deportment:
• Gestures, poise, eye contact,                 1-17         18-35         36-58     59-70
    mannerisms, appearance
Organization:
• Logical, clearly understood, suitable         1-17         18-35         36-58     59-70
    to topic, coherent
Mechanics:
• Diction, grammar, word pictures,              1-17         18-35         36-58     59-70
    pronunciation
Closing:
• Summary and conclusion                        1-12         13-25         26-38     39-50
Effectiveness:
• Was purpose achieved? (to decide, to          1-25         26-50         51-75     76-100
    impress, to inform, to persuade)

                                                               TOTAL POINTS (480 points)
 SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per contestant, not per judge.
 • Presentation lasted no less than three (3) and no more than five (5)
    minutes. (No points awarded if presentation is stopped for going over        10
    time.)
 •   Did not use any materials other than those specified for the event.               10

                                                                TOTAL POINTS       (20 points)
                                                          PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                                Judge 1 (480 points maximum)


                                                                Judge 2 (480 points maximum)

                                                          PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                          DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                            PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                  POINTS
                                                                      (20 points maximum)

                                                               TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                       RANK




                                        2008-2009 Edition page 191
                          Extemporaneous Speech (66)
                   Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                  Contestant Number ______________
                                               Below                                          Points
Items to Evaluate                             Average     Average         Good    Excellent   Earned
Opening:
• Introduction                                  1-12        13-25         26-38    39-50
Voice:
                                                1-17        18-35         36-58    59-70
• Pitch, tempo, volume, enthusiasm
Platform Deportment:
• Gestures, poise, eye contact,                 1-17        18-35         36-58    59-70
    mannerisms, appearance
Organization:
• Logical, clearly understood, suitable         1-17        18-35         36-58    59-70
    to topic, coherent
Mechanics:
• Diction, grammar, word pictures,              1-17        18-35         36-58    59-70
    pronunciation
Closing:
• Summary and conclusion                        1-12        13-25         26-38    39-50
Effectiveness:
• Was purpose achieved? (to decide, to          1-25        26-50         51-75    76-100
    impress, to inform, to persuade)

                                                               TOTAL POINTS (480 points)
SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per contestant, not per judge.
• Presentation lasted no less than three (3) and no more than five (5)
   minutes. (No points awarded if presentation is stopped for going over         10
   time.)
•   Did not use any materials other than those specified for the event.              10

                                                   TOTAL POINTS (20 points)
                                                          FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                               Judge 1 (480 points maximum)


                                                               Judge 2 (480 points maximum)

                                                          PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                          DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                           PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                                 POINTS
                                                                     (20 points maximum)

                                                               TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                     RANK




                                       2008-2009 Edition page 192
                       Extemporaneous Speech (66)
                    Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number                                                  Contestant Number _____________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                 2008-2009 Edition page 193
Human Resource Management (67)
Description
Assess interpretation of personnel policies and knowledge of human resource management.
Eligibility
Contestant may not enter Human Resource Management and Extemporaneous Speech in the same
year.

 Contestant must supply                         No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Human Resources Manual—available on-line         than those specified for an event will be
 at www.bpa.org                                   allowed in the testing area.
 The HR Manual provided is a guideline and      No previous Business Professionals of
 should be used as the ultimate authority         America tests and/or sample tests or
 when the manual contains specific related        facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 information                                      photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
 Pencils/Pens                                     into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                  rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of human resources management and management concepts
• Apply critical thinking skills to interpret personnel policies
• Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
• Demonstrate understanding of policies and procedures manuals
• Knowledge of applicable laws including ADA, EEOC, and USERRA.
• Demonstrate understanding of human relations skills
• Describe why professional development is the responsibility of the business and the employee
• Demonstrate successful evaluation techniques
• Discuss compensation, benefits, and incentive programs
• Describe regulations regarding separation, termination, and transition
• Recognize how organized labor influences business
• Demonstrate effective persuasive and informative communication and presentation skills
Specifications
• The contestant will be given a human resource management scenario. The scenario may
   deal with office situations, workplace issues, legal matters, etc.
• The contestant will be provided 30 minutes to develop the presentation. Notes will be made
   on the note card provided by the event proctor. No advisor contact will be allowed between
   the time of receiving the topic and the delivery.
• No materials or previously prepared notes will be allowed into the preparation or presentation
   room with the contestant.
• The length of the presentation will be no less than five (5) minutes and no more than seven
   (7) minutes.
• The presentation will be stopped at the conclusion of seven (7) minutes.
• The contestant will speak before a panel of judges and a timekeeper. No audience will be allowed.
• The contestant will be given warnings via flash cards when there are two (2) minutes
   remaining and when there is one (1) minute remaining during the speaking time.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
• Presentation of business solution
• Question/answer period by judges on the case problem presented




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Length of event:
• No more than 30 minutes preparation time
• No less than five (5) and no more than seven (7) minutes for oral presentation
• No more than three (3) minutes judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Equipment/Supplies provided:
• Case scenario at contest site
• One note card at contest site
Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.

Contestants are encouraged to bring the Human Resources Manual with them for
reference. Contestants are expected to familiarize themselves with the manual prior to
competition.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 195
                    Human Resource Management (67)
             Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                 Contestant Number _____________
                                            Below                                           Points
Items to Evaluate                          Average      Average        Good    Excellent    Earned
Opening:
• Introduction of case study                 1-12        13-25         26-38     39-50
Effectiveness of presentation:
• Purpose achieved, logically                1-15        16-30         31-45     46-60
   organized, clearly understood
Mechanics:
• Diction, grammar, pronunciation            1-15        16-30         31-45     46-60
• Gestures, poise, eye contact
Closing:
• Summary and conclusion                     1-12        13-25         26-38     39-50
Solution to case study:
• Quality of solution                        1-25        26-50         51-75     76-100
• Development of subject matter
• Depth of research
                                             1-15        16-30         31-45     46-60
Problem solving skills

Response to Judges’ questions                1-25        26-50         51-75     76-100


                                                                       TOTAL (480 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per contestant, not per judge.
Presentation lasted no less than five (5) and no more than seven (7)
minutes. (No points awarded if presentation is stopped for going over time.) 10
Did not use any materials other than those specified for the event.               10

                                                                      TOTAL (20 points)
                                                    PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                       Judge 1 (480 points maximum)

                                                       Judge 2 (480 points maximum)
                                                  PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                  DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                    PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                              (20 points maximum)
                                                       TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                               RANK




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 196
                    Human Resource Management (67)
                 Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                  Contestant Number _____________
                                             Below                                          Points
Items to Evaluate                           Average     Average        Good    Excellent    Earned
Opening:
• Introduction of case study                  1-12        13-25        26-38     39-50
Effectiveness of presentation:
• Purpose achieved, logically                 1-15        16-30        31-45     46-60
   organized, clearly understood
Mechanics:
• Diction, grammar, pronunciation             1-15        16-30        31-45     46-60
• Gestures, poise, eye contact
Closing:
• Summary and conclusion                      1-12        13-25        26-38     39-50
Solution to case study:
• Quality of solution                         1-25        26-50        51-75     76-100
• Development of subject matter
• Depth of research
                                              1-15        16-30        31-45     46-60
Problem solving skills

Response to Judges’ questions                 1-25        26-50        51-75     76-100


                                                                       TOTAL (480 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per contestant, not per judge.
Presentation lasted no less than five (5) and no more than seven (7)
minutes                                                                    10
Did not use any materials other than those specified for the event.               10

                                                                      TOTAL (20 points)
                                                      FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                        Judge 1 (480 points maximum)

                                                        Judge 2 (480 points maximum)
                                                  PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                  DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                     PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                               (20 points maximum)
                                                        TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                               RANK




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 197
                  Human Resource Management (67)
                 Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                           Contestant Number ____________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                              2008-2009 Edition page 198
Prepared Speech (68)
Description
Demonstrate communication skills in securing, arranging, organizing, and presenting
information orally.
Eligibility
The event may be repeated, but the topic may not. A contestant may not participate in more
than one of the following events in the same year: Presentation Management–Individual,
Presentation Management—Team, and Prepared Speech.
   Contestant must supply                          No equipment, supplies, or materials other
     Easel (optional)                                than those specified for an event will be
     Props (optional)                                allowed in the testing area.
     One 10" x 13" envelope containing the         No previous Business Professionals of
       materials required in the specification       America tests and/or sample tests or
       list below (at both preliminary and final     facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
       competition)                                  photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
                                                     into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                     rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate effective communication skills
• Demonstrate skills in developing a speech using the three basic elements (introduction,
  body, conclusion)
• Utilize nonverbal gestures as needed
• Apply speaking techniques using appropriate tempo and pitch
• Secure facts and data from multiple sources, emphasizing research skills

Specifications
• Each contestant is to select a topic related to business, entrepreneurship, or Business
  Professionals of America, and develop an oral presentation of no less than five (5) and more than
  seven (7) minutes.
• The speech will be stopped at seven (7) minutes.
• The length of set-up will be no more than one (1) minute.
• Set-up will be stopped at one (1) minute to begin the speech.
• Facts and working data may be secured from any source. This event emphasizes a scholarly
  approach to securing information and places emphasis on content and research. Each
  contestant’s speech, however, must be the result of his/her own efforts.
• Prior to speaking, each contestant must furnish the event proctor with two (2) word-processed
  copies of the following: speech outline, bibliography, and the Statement of Purpose and Originality
  Form signed by the contestant and advisor in one 10”x 13” envelope.
• An additional two (2) copies of the speech outline, bibliography, and the Statement of Purpose
  and Originality Form signed by the contestant and advisor must be submitted in one 10” x 13”
  envelope at Final Competition.
• It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
  laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the
  Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be
  DISQUALIFIED for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
• The contestant will speak before a panel of judges and a timekeeper. No audience will be
  allowed. No time warnings will be given.




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•   All copies should be on 8½" x 11" plain, white paper. The Statement of Purpose and
    Originality Form provided in the guidelines must be used. Copies of the required materials
    should be collated and stapled as separate sets. No binders will be accepted.
•   The contestant may use notes or note cards. A flip chart, posters, and/or props may be used.
•   No electric/electronic equipment may be used.
•   A topic may not be repeated.
Method of evaluation:
• Application (judges’ rating sheet)
Length of event:
• No more than one (1) minute set-up
• No less than five (5) and no more than seven (7) minutes for oral presentation
• No time is allotted for judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels
Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.

All contestants should be aware that their presentation may be audio and/or videotaped.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 200
                          Prepared Speech (68)
                    Statement of Purpose and Originality
Discuss the topic you selected, the purpose of your speech, and the intended audience.




I, the undersigned, attest that the research in preparation for this speech was conducted solely by
me, and that the speech is original work resulting from my efforts.



Contestant Signature             Date                  Advisor Signature              Date




                                   2008-2009 Edition page 201
                           Prepared Speech (68)
              Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
 Judge Number                                                   Contestant Number __________________
                                                     Below                                           Points
Items to Evaluate                                   Average     Average     Good     Excellent       Earned
Opening:
• Introduction                                       1-10        11-20      21-30      31-40
Voice:
• Pitch, tempo, volume, enthusiasm                   1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
Platform Deportment:
 • Gestures, poise, eye contact, mannerisms,         1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
   appearance
Organization:
• Logical, clearly understood, suitable to topic,    1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
   coherent
Content:
• Development of subject matter, depth of            1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
   research
Mechanics:
• Diction, grammar, pronunciation                    1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
Closing:
• Summary and conclusion                             1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
Effectiveness:
• Was purpose achieved? (to make decision, to        1-31        32-63      63-95     96-125
   impress, to inform, to persuade)

                                                                    TOTAL POINTS (465 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not per judge.
• Presentation lasted no less than five (5) and no more than seven (7) minutes.      10
  (No points awarded if presentation is stopped for going over time.)
• Word-processed outline and bibliography – two (2) copies of each                   10
• Signed Statement of Purpose and Originality Form with Contestant# (2 copies)       10
• Documents submitted in one 10" x 13" envelope                                       5

                                                                   TOTAL POINTS (35 points)

                                                        FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                               Judge 1 (465 points maximum)

                                                               Judge 2 (465 points maximum)
                                                        PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                        DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                            PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                      (35 points maximum)
                                                               TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                     RANK




                                         2008-2009 Edition page 202
                              Prepared Speech (68)
                    Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
 Judge Number                                                   Contestant Number __________________
                                                     Below                                           Points
Items to Evaluate                                   Average     Average     Good     Excellent       Earned
Opening:
• Introduction                                       1-10        11-20      21-30      31-40
Voice:
• Pitch, tempo, volume, enthusiasm                   1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
Platform Deportment:
 • Gestures, poise, eye contact, mannerisms,         1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
   appearance
Organization:
• Logical, clearly understood, suitable to topic,    1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
   coherent
Content:
• Development of subject matter, depth of            1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
   research
Mechanics:
• Diction, grammar, pronunciation                    1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
Closing:
• Summary and conclusion                             1-12        13-25      26-38      39-50
Effectiveness:
• Was purpose achieved? (to make decision, to        1-31        32-63      63-95     96-125
   impress, to inform, to persuade)

                                                                    TOTAL POINTS (465 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded by the proctor per contestant, not per judge.
• Presentation lasted no less than five (5) and no more than seven (7) minutes.       10
  (No points awarded if presentation is stopped for going over time.)
• Word-processed outline and bibliography – two (2) copies of each                    10
• Signed Statement of Purpose and Originality Form with Contestant# (2 copies)        10
• Documents submitted in one 10" x 13" envelope                                        5

                                                                     TOTAL POINTS (35 points)

                                                        FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                               Judge 1 (465 points maximum)

                                                               Judge 2 (465 points maximum)
                                                        PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                        DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                            PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                      (35 points maximum)
                                                               TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                     RANK




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                          Prepared Speech (68)
                   Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                         Contestant Number

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




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Presentation Management–Individual (69)
Description
Assess use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective
multimedia presentation.
Eligibility
A contestant may not participate in more than one of the following events in the same year:
Presentation Management–Individual, Presentation Management—Team, and Prepared Speech.
A previously used presentation may not be used.

 Contestant must supply                             Business Professionals of America
   Computer with VGA output                           assumes no responsibility for
   Presentation software                              hardware/software provided by the
   Published and/or unpublished written               contestant.
     reference materials                            No equipment, supplies, or materials
   Sound cards (optional)                             other than those specified for an event
   External speakers (optional)                       will be allowed in the testing area.
   Projection system (optional)                     No previous Business Professionals of
   Props (optional)                                   America tests and/or sample tests or
 Contestant must bring all supporting devices         facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
      (e.g., extension cords, power supply, etc.)     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
 Carry-in and set-up of equipment must be done        into the testing area. Violation of this
      solely by the contestant and must take          rule will result in disqualification.
      place within the time allotted.


Competencies:
• Demonstrate knowledge of multimedia software and components
• Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
• Apply technical skills to create a multimedia presentation which enhances the oral presentation
Specifications:
• The contestant shall design a computer-generated multimedia presentation on the assigned topic
  listed below.
• The presentation will be no less than seven (7) and more than ten (10) minutes.
• The presentation will be stopped at ten (10) minutes.
• The length of set-up will be no more than five (5) minutes.
• Set-up will be stopped at five (5) minutes to begin the presentation.
• A word-processed copy of works cited must be submitted at the time of presentation. Refer to
   Style and Reference Manual.
• Use of graphics, including charts, is to be a part of the presentation.
• If the Business Professional of America logo is used, graphic materials must follow the
   organization’s Graphic Standards and make proper use of the logo and/or organization’s name.
   (Refer to the Graphic Standards in the Style & Reference Manual.) National Business
   Professionals of America grants permission for the use of the logo and/or organization’s name.
• The contestant is responsible for securing a release form from any individual whose name,
   photograph, and/or other information is included in the presentation.
• There should be no indication of chapter name, city, state, etc., in the presentation.
• No VCR or laserdisc may be used. The presentation content must be on the contestant’s
   computer hard drive, CD-ROM or DVD.




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• The contestant must furnish all equipment/ materials necessary for the presentation, except for
  the projection surface. Items left with judges in preliminary competition will be discarded and
  not forwarded to the next level.
• The contestant is to make effective use of current multimedia technology in the presentation
  (e.g., sound, movement, digital video, etc.).
• In preparation of the presentation, contestants should use space, color, and text as design
  factors.
• It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
  laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the
  Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual. Contestant(s) will be
  DISQUALIFIED for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.
Topic
You are an event planner and have been hired by the Board of Directors of Business Professionals
of America to submit a proposal for the location of their 2015 National Leadership Conference
(NLC). You will present your findings to the Board at their 2009 NLC in Dallas.
You should include, but are limited to the following:
Accommodations
       Guest Rooms
       Meeting Rooms
       Large venues for opening and closing sessions
Transportation
       To/From
       While in the city
Leisure activities for all three levels of membership
Dining Options
Affordability
       To the Board of Directors
       To the conference attendees
Rationale for choice of location
Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.
Method of evaluation:
• Judges’ rating sheet
Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes for set-up
• No less than seven (7) and no more than ten (10) minutes for oral presentation
• No more than five (5) minutes judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Equipment provided:
• Projection surface at National competition only.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed three (3) entries.
Ideas presented become the property of Business Professionals of America. All
contestants should be aware that their presentation may be audio and/or videotaped.
Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.



                                   2008-2009 Edition page 206
                      Business Professionals of America
                   Presentation Management–Individual (69)

                                       Release Form

   I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs
   taken of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America
   Presentation Management competition. Consent is also granted for any printed matter
   used in conjunction with the photograph(s) and with the use of my name in any part of
   the presentation.

   I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal and
   otherwise.

   Please print the following:




Name



Address



City, State, ZIP




Signature(s):




Signature                                               Date         /            /
                                                        (Month)      (Day)        (Year)

Signature of Parent or Guardian
(If individual is under 18 years of age)                Date         /                /
                                                           (Month)       (Day)     (Year)




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 207
                 Presentation Management–Individual (69)
             Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
    Judge Number                                             Contestant Number
                                           Below                                       Points
Items to Evaluate                        Average Average        Good     Excellent     Earned
Oral Presentation
• Opening and summary                       1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Objectives to be achieved are stated      1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Stage presence and delivery               1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• General appearance                        1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
The following items will evaluate the ability to communicate the desired message to the target
audience:
Graphic Presentation
• Typography (typeface, size, & color)      1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Functional graphics contribute to the
    progression of the idea                 1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Charts and graphs used effectively        1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Effective use of color and space          1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Effective use of multimedia
    technology                              1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Development of stated theme               1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40

•    Answers to Judges’ questions          1-20      21-40       41-60      61-80
                                                       TOTAL POINTS (480 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per contestant, not per judge.
• Chapter name, location, school, city, state not used in presentation     10
• Works cited provided                                                     10

                                                         TOTAL POINTS (20 points)

                                             PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:

                                                       Judge 1 (480 points maximum)

                                                       Judge 2 (480 points maximum)
                                                  PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                  DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                   PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                             (20 points maximum)
                                                      TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                             RANK




                                    2008-2009 Edition page 208
                   Presentation Management–Individual (69)
                   Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
    Judge Number                                             Contestant Number
                                           Below                                       Points
Items to Evaluate                        Average Average        Good     Excellent     Earned
Oral Presentation
• Opening and summary                       1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Objectives to be achieved are stated      1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Stage presence and delivery               1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• General appearance                        1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
The following items will evaluate the ability to communicate the desired message to the target
audience:
Graphic Presentation
• Typography (typeface, size, & color)      1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Functional graphics contribute to the
    progression of the idea                 1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Charts and graphs used effectively        1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Effective use of color and space          1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Effective use of multimedia
    technology                              1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40
• Development of stated theme               1-10     11-20      21-30      31-40

•    Answers to Judges’ questions          1-20      21-40       41-60      61-80
                                                       TOTAL POINTS (480 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per contestant, not per judge.
• Chapter name, location, school, city, state not used in presentation     10
• Works cited provided                                                     10

                                                         TOTAL POINTS (20 points)

                                                    FINAL PRESENTATION TOTALS:
                                                       Judge 1 (480 points maximum)

                                                       Judge 2 (480 points maximum)
                                                  PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                  DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                   PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                             (20 points maximum)
                                                      TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                             RANK




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                Presentation Management–Individual (69)
                  Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet

Judge Number                                     Contestant Number       ___________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by contestant)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of his/her competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




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Presentation Management–Team (70)
Description
Assess use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective
multimedia presentation.
Eligibility
A team will consist of 2-4 members. A contestant may not participate in more than one of the
following events in the same year: Presentation Management–Individual, Presentation
Management—Team, and Prepared Speech. A previously used presentation may not be used.

 Team must supply                                Business Professionals of America
 Computer with VGA output                          assumes no responsibility for
 Presentation software                             hardware/software provided by the team.
 Published and/or unpublished written            No equipment, supplies, or materials other
    reference materials                            than those specified for an event will be
 Sound cards (optional)                            allowed in the testing area.
 External Speakers (optional)                    No previous Business Professionals of
 Projection system (optional)                      America tests and/or sample tests or
 Props (optional)                                  facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Contestants must bring all supporting devices     photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   (e.g., extension cords, power supply, etc.)     into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                   rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Demonstrate effective teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Demonstrate knowledge of multimedia software and components
• Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
• Apply technical skills to create a multimedia presentation which enhances the oral presentation

Specifications:
• The team shall design a computer-generated multimedia presentation on the assigned topic listed
  below.
• The presentation will be no less than seven (7) and more than ten (10) minutes.
• The presentation will be stopped at ten (10) minutes.
• The length of set-up will be no more than five (5) minutes.
• Set-up will be stopped at five (5) minutes to begin the presentation.
• A word-processed copy of a works cited must be submitted at the time of presentation. See the
   Style and Reference Manual.
• No VCR or laserdisc may be used. The presentation content must be on the team’s computer
   hard drive, CD-ROM or DVD.
• Use of graphics, including charts, is to be a part of the presentation.
• If the Business Professional of America logo is used, graphic materials must follow the
   organization’s Graphic Standards and make proper use of the logo and/or organization’s name.
   (Refer to the Graphic Standards in the Style & Reference Manual.) National Business
   Professionals of America grants permission for the use of the logo and/or organization’s name.
• All members of the team must participate in the “live” presentation.
• The team is responsible for securing a release form from any individual whose name,
   photograph, and/or other information is included in the presentation.




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 211
•   It is the policy of Business Professionals of America to comply with state and federal copyright
    laws, which are available on the Web at www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Use the
    Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines in the Style & Reference Manual.
•   Contestant(s) will be DISQUALIFIED for violations of the Copyright and Fair Use
    Guidelines.
•   There should be no indication of chapter name, city, state, etc., in the presentation.
•   The team must furnish all equipment/ materials necessary for the presentation except
    projection surface. Items left with judges in preliminary competition will be discarded and not
    forwarded to the next level.
•   Up to five (5) minutes will be allowed each team for questions by the judges. All team
    members may confer on the questions and are encouraged to share in the responses.
•   The team is to make effective use of current multimedia technology in the presentation (e.g.,
    sound, movement, digital video, etc.).
•   In preparation of the presentation, the team should use space, color, and text as design factors.
Topic
You have been contracted by the National Association of Chambers of Commerce to make a
multi-media presentation on how companies can “Go Green” to help protect the environment.

You should include, but are not limited to the following:

     •   The social impact of a company going green
     •   Steps a company should use when going green
     •   Advantages and disadvantages from a cost point of view of a company going green
     •   Provide training materials that a company can use when training their employees in
         going green

Include both print and broadcast media in your presentation


Contestants who do not submit an entry that follows this topic will be disqualified.


Method of evaluation:
•   Judges’ rating sheet
Length of event:
• No more than five (5) minutes set-up
• No less than seven (7) and no more than ten (10) minutes oral presentation
• No more than five (5) minutes judges’ questions
• Finals may be included at State and National levels.
Equipment provided:
• Projection surface at National competition only.
Entries:
• Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

Ideas presented become the property of Business Professionals of America. All team
members should be aware that their presentation may be audio and/or videotaped.




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Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.

It is the local chapter advisor’s responsibility to pick up materials submitted at the time of
competition. A time and place for material pick-up will be published in the conference
program. Any materials not picked up will be destroyed on site.




                                  2008-2009 Edition page 213
                         Business Professionals of America
                        Presentation Management–Team (70)

                                        Release Form

      I hereby consent irrevocably to the use and reproduction of any and all photographs
      taken of me in any form whatsoever for the Business Professionals of America
      Presentation Management—Team competition. Consent is also granted for any
      printed matter used in conjunction with the photograph(s) and with the use of my
      name in any part of the presentation.

      I have read this document and am fully aware of the content and implications, legal
      and otherwise.

      Please print the following:




    Name:
______________________________________________________________________



    Address:
______________________________________________________________________



    City, State, ZIP:
______________________________________________________________________



   Signature(s):



     ____________________________________
                  Signature                               (Month)        (Day)      (Year)



     __________________________________
        Signature of Parent or Guardian                   (Month)       (Day)      (Year)
       (If individual is under 18 years of age)




                                    2008-2009 Edition page 214
                    Presentation Management–Team (70)
              Preliminary Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                                    Team Number __________
                                                   Below                                          Points
Items to Evaluate                                 Average       Average     Good      Excellent   Earned
Oral presentation
•   Opening and summary                              1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   Objectives to be achieved are stated             1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   Stage presence and delivery                      1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   General team appearance                          1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   Participation by all team members                1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
The following items will evaluate the ability to communicate the desired message to the target audience:
Graphic presentation
•  Typography (typeface, size, & color)            1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Functional graphics contribute to the
   progression of the idea                         1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Charts and graphs used effectively              1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Effective use of color and space                1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Effective use of multimedia technology          1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Development of stated theme                     1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Answers to Judges’ questions                    1-17       18-35      36-53       54-70

                                                                     TOTAL POINTS (460 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per team, not per judge.
•  Chapter name, location, school, city, state not used in presentation                10
•  Works cited provided                                                                10
•  All registered team members present for entire event                                20

                                                                    TOTAL POINTS (40 points)

                                                   PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:
                                                           Judge 1 (465 points maximum)

                                                               Judge 2 (465 points maximum)
                                                           PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                           DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                            PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                      (40 points maximum)
                                                               TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                     RANK




                                           2008-2009 Edition page 215
                      Presentation Management–Team (70)
                   Final Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                                    Team Number __________
                                                   Below                                          Points
Items to Evaluate                                 Average       Average     Good      Excellent   Earned
Oral presentation
•   Opening and summary                              1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   Objectives to be achieved are stated             1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   Stage presence and delivery                      1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   General team appearance                          1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
•   Participation by all team members                1-7          8-15      16-22      23-30
The following items will evaluate the ability to communicate the desired message to the target audience:
Graphic presentation
•  Typography (typeface, size, & color)            1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Functional graphics contribute to the
   progression of the idea                         1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Charts and graphs used effectively              1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Effective use of color and space                1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Effective use of multimedia technology          1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Development of stated theme                     1-10       11-20      21-30       31-40
•  Answers to Judges’ questions                    1-17       18-35      36-53       54-70

                                                                     TOTAL POINTS (460 points)

SPECIFICATION POINTS: All points or none are awarded per team, not per judge.
•  Chapter name, location, school, city, state not used in presentation                10
•  Works cited provided                                                                10
•  All registered team members present for entire event                                20

                                                                    TOTAL POINTS (40 points)

                                                   PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION TOTALS:
                                                           Judge 1 (460 points maximum)

                                                               Judge 2 (460 points maximum)
                                                           PRESENTATION TOTALS
                                                           DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF JUDGES

                                                            PRESENTATION SPECIFICATION
                                                                      (40 points maximum)
                                                               TOTAL (500 points maximum)

                                                                                     RANK




                                           2008-2009 Edition page 216
                 Presentation Management–Team (70)
                 Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number      ___________                                Team Number ___________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive
manner regarding your analysis of the team’s competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




                                2008-2009 Edition page 217
Parliamentary Procedure Team (S) (71)
Description
Demonstrate the use of correct parliamentary procedure through a chairman’s ability to conduct
a business meeting in a democratic manner that allows the members of the team to effectively
participate. Examine the team’s knowledge of parliamentary procedure through oral questions
and the objective test.
Eligibility
Any Secondary Division contestant may enter this team event. A team consists of 4-8 members.

 Team must supply                                No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised             than those specified for an event will be
   (Tenth Edition)                                 allowed in the testing area.
 Pen or pencil for secretary’s minutes           No previous Business Professionals of
 Gavel                                             America tests and/or sample tests or
 Hard copy published and/or unpublished            facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
   written reference materials in the              photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   preparation room only                           into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                   rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
• Demonstrate understanding of parliamentary procedure
• Apply understanding of a democratic process of making a decision
• Apply effective practices for conducting a business meeting
• Demonstrate understanding of time management
• Evaluate and delegate responsibilities needed to perform required tasks
• Demonstrate teamwork skills needed to function in a business setting
• Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills

Specifications:
• Each team will be given a test/agenda containing three (3) subjects related to Business
  Professionals of America; each subject is to be used to demonstrate one or more abilities in
  parliamentary procedure. This becomes the order of new business for each team.
• Each team will be allowed a preparation period of 15 minutes immediately preceding its
  appearance for the event. Only team members will be allowed in the preparation room. No
  advisor contact from time of preparation to completion of presentation is allowed. A blank 3" x
  5" index card will be provided for each team member.
• The team will be expected to conduct the meeting according to correct parliamentary procedure
  beginning with the opening ceremony.
• After the opening ceremony, the chairman will ask for general consent to dispense with the
  reading of minutes, officer reports, and committee reports; the secretary will read the first item
  of new business from the test/agenda. Proceed directly with the skills asked to demonstrate
  and conclude with the official closing ceremony.
• The secretary will record the proceedings of the meeting in English, long hand, on a blank sheet
  of paper, and submit his/her handwritten notes to the judges immediately after the presentation.
• The secretary will be permitted to take the contest agenda into the presentation room. This is to
  be submitted with the minutes. Minutes will be verified for content only.




                                 2008-2009 Edition page 218
  • Each team will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes for parliamentary demonstration. A
    warning card will be shown five (5) minutes before the maximum time and one (1) minute before
    the maximum time.
  • Up to five (5) minutes will be allowed each team for questions by the judges. These questions
    will be directed to the chairman for any team member to answer. Questions from the judges will
    have reference to the abilities demonstrated during the event.
  • All team members must take an objective parliamentary procedure test. The average score of
    the team members will be added to the team score.
  • Contestants may choose their own attire. Uniforms are not required.
  • There should be no indication of chapter, location, city, state, etc., in the presentation.
  • Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (Tenth Edition) will be the authority for this event. Any
    parliamentary procedure written reference materials (published or unpublished) will be allowed
    in the preparation room. Each team member may have one 3" x 5" note card during the
    presentation, but may not refer to the authority during the presentation.
  • All written materials, as well as spoken presentations, follow the organization’s graphic
    standards and make proper use of the logo and/or organization’s name. (Refer to Graphic
    Standards in the Style & Reference Manual).
   Method of evaluation:
   • Application (judges’ rating sheet)
   • Parliamentary Procedure Concepts–Open Event objective test (team average)
   Length of event:
   • Objective test taken per conference schedule.
   • No more than 15 minutes preparation time
   • No more than 15 minutes parliamentary demonstration
   • No more than five (5) minutes judges’ questions
   • Parliamentary Procedure Concepts–Open Event objective test
   • Finals may be included at State and National levels.
   Equipment/supplies provided:
   • Blank sheet of paper for Secretary’s minutes
   • One 3" x 5" index card for each team member
   • One copy of “Opening a Meeting” from the WSAP for each team
   Entries:
   • Each state is allowed two (2) entries.

Note: An audience will not be allowed. All team members should be aware that their
presentation may be audio and/or videotaped.

Please note:
Those students who wish to receive judges’ comments must submit a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to the administrator at the time of competition.




                                    2008-2009 Edition page 219
                                          Opening a Meeting

The opening ceremony sets the stage for a chapter meeting. The ceremony, done in a proper and
professional manner, will demonstrate to the members a well-planned and organized meeting. This
will make meetings more orderly and effective.

Equipment and Supplies
American flag
Gavel
Table (if desired)
Officer chairs (if desired)

Suggested Procedure
Officers should be seated at the head table or should stand to one side of the lectern.

                                       The Opening Ceremony
President
(Stands and raps the gavel once for attention.) The meeting will come to order. We are now holding a
meeting of Business Professionals of America. Mr./Madam Vice President, what are the major
purposes of our professional organization?

Vice President
We recognize the importance and understand the contributions that have been made to our country
by business professionals. We are preparing to take our place in these challenging positions. We
work together in Business Professionals of America to develop essential competencies in leadership,
scholarship, character, and citizenship so that we may share in the improvement of our economy and
the advancement of our nation.

President
May we accomplish these objectives. Mr./Madam Vice President, will you please present the other
officers?

Vice President
With pleasure, I introduce:
(Introduce in order the President, Historian, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Vice
Presidents. Pronounce the name of each individual and the office held. As each officer is introduced,
he or she should stand and remain standing until seated by the President.)
Mr./Madam President, the officers are at their stations.

President
Will the members and friends please rise and join me in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag?
(Raps the gavel three times to call the members and guests to stand. The audience should rise on the
third rap of the gavel. All members face the flag with their hands over their hearts to repeat the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag.)

Everyone
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.




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President
Fellow members and guests, join me in stating why we are here.

Everyone
We are met in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as we prepare for productive lives in business and
office careers. We work together to develop professionalism and leadership through Business
Professionals of America and pledge our loyalty to our nation.

President
Please be seated.

                                          Closing a Meeting

The closing ceremony, when properly presented, will bring a dignified closing to a session or meeting.
It is an indication to the members or guests present that all business has been transacted. This is the
appropriate time to serve refreshments.

Equipment and Supplies
Gavel
                                           The Ceremony

President
Mr./Madam Secretary, do you know of any further business which should be transacted at this time?

Secretary
(Rises, replies, and sits down.) I have none, Mr./Madam President.

President
We are about to adjourn this meeting of the Business Professionals of America. As we associate
together, let us be supportive of each other as we strive to attain the goals of this organization.
(Pause) If there is no further business and no objection, the meeting will be adjourned. (Pause) I now
declare this meeting adjourned. (Rap gavel once.)




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                           Parliamentary Procedure Team (71)
                          Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                                                 Team Number
Instructions:
• Judge 1 evaluates only criteria 1, 2, and 3      (90 points maximum)
• Judge 2 evaluates only criteria 4, 7            (120 points maximum)
• Judge 3 evaluates only criteria 5, 6, and 8     (105 points maximum)

                                             Points     Subject    Subject     Subject     Total     Maximum
 Evaluation Criteria                           per        #1         #2          #3       Points      Points
                                             Subject
 1.   Chairman’s presiding ability             10                                                      30
 2.   Secretary’s participating ability         5                                                      15
 3.   Clarity of business transactions         15                                                      45
 4.   Correctness of all transactions          30                                                      90

 5. General participation by members            15                                                     45

 6. Power of expression,
 communication skills, poise, and stage
 presence. No uniforms required.                15                                                     45
 7. Judges’ questions                           10                                                     30
 8. Actions recorded correctly in
 minutes.                                        5                                                     15
                        TOTAL POINTS            105                                                    315

Specification Points: All points or none are awarded per team, not per
judge.
Presentation lasted no more than 15 minutes                                          10
Opening & Closing Ceremonies                                                         20
Followed Designated Order of Business                                                20
Secretary’s handwritten notes of meeting properly prepared                           10
No indication of chapter name, location, city, state, etc. in the notes or           5
presentation
All registered team members present for entire event                                 20
                                                  TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS         85
          SUMMARY TOTALS
           Judge 1 (90 points
                   maximum)
                                             TOTAL JUDGES POINTS


           Judge 2 (120 points                                 TOTAL SPECIFICATION POINTS
                    maximum)                                            (85 points maximum )

                                                Objective Parliamentary Procedure test (average
           Judge 3 (105 points                   score of all team members—100 points maximum)    ___________
                    maximum)




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                     Parliamentary Procedure Team (71)
                    Judges’ Scoring Rubric/Rating Sheet
Judge Number                                             Team Number _____________

COMMENTS: (to be viewed by team)
(Judges: please provide positive feedback and areas of improvement in a constructive manner
regarding your analysis of the team’s competition.)




REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION: (if applicable)




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Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts–Open Event (72)
Description
Assess knowledge of management, marketing, and human resources concepts.

Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                        No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils                         than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator (optional): Electronic      allowed in the testing area.
   devices will be monitored according to      No previous Business Professionals of
   ACT standards. See Web site                   America tests and/or sample tests or
   www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html        facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Contestants who violate this rule will be       photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   disqualified.                                 into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                 rule will result in disqualification.


Competencies:
•  Demonstrate knowledge of general management, marketing, and human resources concepts
•  Demonstrate knowledge of basic employability skills
•  Demonstrate knowledge of human relations skills
•  Business finances
•  Understand how the market works
•  Entrepreneurship and start-up businesses
•  Marketing
•  International business
•  Economic challenges
•  Economic awareness
•  Management concepts
Method of evaluation:
•   Objective
Entries:
•   Unlimited




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Parliamentary Procedure Concepts–Open Event (73)
Description
Assess knowledge of parliamentary procedure. Test questions are based on Dunbar’s Manual
of Parliamentary Procedure Test Questions.

Eligibility
Any student may enter this event.

 Contestant must supply                           No equipment, supplies, or materials other
 Sharpened no. 2 pencils                            than those specified for an event will be
 Cordless calculator (optional): Electronic         allowed in the testing area.
   devices will be monitored according to         No previous Business Professionals of
   ACT standards. See Web site                      America tests and/or sample tests or
   www.act.org/aap/taking/calculator.html           facsimiles thereof (handwritten,
 Contestants who violate this rule will be          photocopied, or keyed) may be taken
   disqualified.                                    into the testing area. Violation of this
                                                    rule will result in disqualification.

Competencies:
 • Demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary principles
• Demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary terminology
• Identify the various kinds of motions (main, subsidiary, privileged, incidental)
• Identify the characteristics of various motions
• Describe voting methods, techniques, and rules
• Identify debatable and non-debatable motions
• Identify techniques for conducting a meeting
Method of evaluation:
• Objective
Entries:
 • Unlimited




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