How-to-Use Guide for Business Studies Teachers
This resource can be used by teachers as part of a classroom lesson, or students can work through it independently as part of a revision program.
1. In our example, Year 12 Business Studies has been selected but the format is the same for all courses.
2. Then the following screen appears.
3. On the left hand side, each of the topics are listed and correspond to the NSW Business Studies syllabus.
4. Each topic is made up of sub topics. These sub topics correspond to the different sections of the syllabus - Role, Influences, Processes and Strategies (and effectiveness for Human Resources).
5. Each Lesson is matched to the syllabus content listed under the relevant syllabus section. For example:
- Topic 1 is "Operations"
- Sub Topic 1 is the "Role of Operations"
- Lesson 1 is on the "Strategic role of operations (cost leadership and good/service differentiation)"
- Lesson 2 is on "Goods and/or services in different industries" and "Interdependence with other key business functions"
- Sub Topic 1 is the "Role of Operations"
6. When Lesson 1 is selected, TWO options appear – ‘Watch’ and ‘Apply’.
7. ‘Watch’ is a video. This lesson goes through the relevant content for that dot point in the Syllabus. The video can be paused at any time to initiate discussion or for students to ask further questions.
A transcript is provided for every video. Parts of the transcript may be used to design worksheets such as ‘cloze passages’. This type of activity is particularly useful for the weaker students. E.g.,
The role of the operations manager is to keep the costs of inputs and production processes as low as possible without reducing the quality of the final product. When a business has the lowest cost in the industry, it is known as a being a cost leader or is said to have cost leadership within that industry.
The role of the ____________ manager is to keep the __________ of inputs and production processes as __________ as possible without reducing the _____________ of the final product. When a business has the ____________ cost in the industry, it is known as a being a __________ ______________ or is said to have cost leadership within that _______________.
‘Apply’ is a lesson quiz based on the lesson content. It is composed of multiple choice questions and can be completed by students once they have watched the lesson video.
At the end of the quiz, the results show the number of questions answered correctly and the time taken.
8. Each topic also has 2 interactive activities where students can apply their knowledge by matching definitions, sorting terminology, categorising syllabus components, etc.
9. At the end of each sub-topic, there is a quiz that contains 2 short answer questions. There are also sample answers to show students what they should have included in their responses.
10. At the end of each topic there is an ‘End of Topic quiz’ students can complete to measure their understanding of the topic. This contains 20 multiple choice questions and 10 short answer questions. There are also sample answers to show students what they should have included in their responses.
The End of Module quiz can be used as a pre-test and post-test to monitor student progress. Programs can be adjusted depending on student performance in the pre-test. For example, if every student in class gets a question right, teachers can assess through further verbal feedback if the students knew the content or simply guessed. If they knew that content, then it may not be necessary to cover it again in class.
If every student gets the question correct without guessing, then teachers may be able to move onto the next topic. Any gaps in knowledge can be identified in the post-test and these areas can be revised.
11. Once students have completed all lessons for all topics, there is an end of course quiz that contains 20 multiple choice and 20 short answer questions. There are also sample answers to show students what they should have included in their responses.
The ‘End of Course Quiz’ can be administered as a practice examinations at the end of the year. Valuable feedback from this practice paper can be provided to students to help them identify areas that need to be revised before the actual examination.
The time taken to complete the ‘End of Course Quiz’ can also provide valuable information about whether a student made a genuine attempt at the questions.