Commerce

Commerce

Years 9 and 10

Contact

Head of Department: Jeremy Whitney
Email: jwhitney@barker.nsw.edu.au

 

Year 9

Commerce

 

Commerce provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues. Throughout the study of Commerce we develop skills in decision-making, problem solving, research and communication so that we are better equipped to function in the commercial world. Students will gain a wider understanding of corporate social responsibility in relation to business practice, employment and legal issues. They will also come to value the fundamental rights, rules and laws that promote fairness, justice and equity in our society through responsible and active citizenship.

Year 9 Commerce 

Consumer and Financial Decisions – Students learn how to identify and research issues that individuals encounter when making consumer and financial decisions. They investigate laws and mechanisms that protect consumers including the process of consumer redress and responsible financial management strategies.

The Economic and Business Environment - Students develop an understanding of the economic environment, including markets. They explore the nature, role and operation of businesses in the context of an increasingly globalised economy. Students investigate the effects of changes in the economy on consumers and businesses.

Promoting and Selling - Students investigate the promotion and selling of goods and services including social, ethical and environmental considerations. They analyse the strategies that sellers use to promote products and maximise sales, and evaluate the impact on consumers.

Running a Business - Students investigate how entrepreneurial attributes and dispositions that contribute to business success, and examine the considerations involved when planning and running a business. Students apply this understanding by developing a small business to run on Market Day.

 

 

Assessment Structure

Commerce is assessed through a variety of different techniques including presentations, problem-solving activities, independent research and formal examinations. 

Year 10

Commerce

 

Commerce provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues. Throughout the study of Commerce we develop skills in decision-making, problem solving, research and communication so that we are better equipped to function in the commercial world. Students will gain a wider understanding of legal, political, economic and commercial process and will also be able to explore contemporary issues as they relate to the syllabus.

It is not a pre-requisite to study Commerce in Year 10 if you are considering studying Business Studies, Legal Studies or Economics in Year 11.

Year 10 Commerce

Law, Society and Political Action: Students develop an understanding of how laws affect individuals and groups and regulate society, and how individuals and groups participate in the democratic process. Students examine various legal and political systems and investigate contentious legal and political issues.

Investing: Students explore the range of investment options available and analyse information and data to make informed investment decisions. They examine the role and responsibilities of the financial services industry.

Our Economy: Students investigate Australia’s place in the global economy, measurement of economic performance, trade patterns, the impact of changes in our economy and the implications of these changes for consumers, businesses and broader society.

Employment and Workplace Futures: Students investigate the contribution of work to the individual and society and the changing nature of work. They also examine how individuals may derive an income, the changing rights and responsibilities of workplace participants and consider their future employment opportunities.

Assessment Structure

Commerce is assessed through a variety of different techniques including presentations, problem-solving activities, independent research and formal examinations.