Grayson High School Technical Education Program Course Offerings 2005-06

2005-06 Program Offerings

All programs listed will be offered during both the morning and afternoon blocks.

2005-06 Program Offerings (pdf)

Biotechnology-- Biotechnology I / Biotechnology II
Would you like to know how to use DNA forensics to identify a crime suspect or drug bust, clone bacteria, grow plants without soil, or extract DNA from saliva, blood or kiwi? Biotechnology uses living organisms and their products for commercial purposes. For example; increasing the nutritional value of foods, making plants an “edible” vaccine, cloning animals, and improving medicine.
Through classroom and laboratory instructional activities you will learn the nature of biological organisms, their modification and benefits. You will also study the environmental impacts and bio-ethics of biotechnology as well as the management of biological resources. Classes have exciting opportunities for apprenticeships. Options for second year students are available.

Commercial Photography-- Commercial Photography I / Commercial Photography II
Students will learn the proper settings and operations for the adjustable manual 35mm single lens reflex camera, in addition to being exposed to the benefits of digital photography. Fundamental darkroom operations will be combined with the latest in digital imaging technology to provide a well-balanced understanding of the commercial photography job market. Students will produce a professional portfolio consisting of both color and black-and-white photographs. Students will learn the basic operations of a medium- and large-format camera and will demonstrate a working knowledge of professional studio and lighting equipment. The program also inlcudes guest speakers from industry and gallery visits throughout the year. Options for second year students are available.

Computer Network Systems and Support-- Information Technology / Programming and Systems Management
This course develops basic skills in information technology, software systems management, operating systems, data communications, networking, the Internet, and basic concepts of programming. Students also develop an awareness of the social, ethical, and legal issues in the information technology field. Students in this course develop skills in maintaining security requirements of operating systems, system installation and maintenance, and computer user support including PC hardware repair. Students in this course learn basic programming concepts, applied programming languages, software development, and database administration. Previous programming languages and computer classes are helpful. Options for second year students are available.

Culinary Arts-- Professional Foods I / Professional Foods II
This course includes the foundations of professional cooking. This includes instruction in the skills of professional cooking, with a focus on the skills of the bake kitchen. It provides an advanced level of food service preparation and delivery, which can offer future employment in the hotel/tourism business. Options for second year students are available.

Digital Media and Animation-- Digital Media Design and Production / Graphics & Animation Foundations
Students in this course master the fundamentals of graphic design and production. The principles are applied to printed media, digital presentation media, and interactive media. Students will learn the foundational knowledge and skills required in graphic applications and animation. Lighting, skinning, layering, and body animation are taught. This is a hands-on class in which industry-standard software and technology are used. Options for second year students are available.

Environmental Science-- Landscape Design/ Environmental Science
This course introduces students to the principles of design, methods of establishing and maintaining landscapes, and landscape business management procedures. It includes site and soil analysis, arranging plants, grading, elevation changes and installation and maintenance of plants and landscapes. This course includes lab time outside and some manual labor. Environmental Science explores biological, physical, and social aspects of the environment and environmental issues including methods to abate or control environmental pollution and collateral damage. This course includes fieldwork.

Horticulture-- Horticulture I / Floriculture Production and Management I
Greenhouse management, landscape and floral design are emphasized in the Environmental Horticulture Program. Students study the techniques of flower and plant production, soils, nutrients, and the propagating/transplanting of plants and foliage. Instruction in design techniques for landscaping and drawing to scale of landscape plans are part of the program. ProLandscape design package will be used for computer aided landscape designs. Students study the use, growth, and proper care of plants, ground cover, trees, and shrubs for landscaping. The floral design portion of the horticulture class will assist in preparing students to enter the floral trade with entry level skills. Business management for the floral and garden center industries is also stressed. Options for second year students are available.

Law Enforcement-- Foundations of Public Safety and Criminal Justice / Introduction to Law Enforcement
The course examines the role and structure of the government, rights/responsibilities of citizens, components of the criminal justice system, roles and responsibilities of the police, courts, and corrections, adult and juvenile justice systems, civil and criminal law, roles and responsibilities of personnel in the private security and protective services, the fire service, and the emergency management service and their contributions to public safety. Law enforcement in America, law enforcement terminology, types and responsibilities of different law enforcement agencies, and various criminal justice systems issues are addressed. Options for second year students are available.

Music Recording-- Foundations of Sound and Recording / Advanced Recording and Post-Production Techniques
Students will learn about the physics of sound and acoustics. The processes of tracking, over dubbing, mixing in multi-track recording, mastering, and CD/DVD/tape replication will be taught in the recording studio. Components of the mixing console, amplifier, speakers, tape machines, channel strips, master sections, and digital workstations will be studied. Students will demonstrate various microphone types and setups for different musical styles and utilize recording techniques including musical equalization, compression, and limiting during the recording session. Training will include the basic operation of the digital audio workstation. The post-production section of the sequence will cover audio-for-video applications like sound design and scoring for film, DVD, and TV. Options for second year students are available.

Music Technology-- Music Technology I / Music Technology II
Students will learn the concepts of MIDI, MIDI channels, and Standard MIDI Files (SMF). Instruction includes the basic operation of intelligent accompaniment and notation software. Students will create a multi-track sequence in the music lab of musical form utilizing an introduction, main theme, and ending. Students will import and export MIDI files from sequencing to other software, and will learn basic recording and track mixing techniques. Options for second year students are available.

Technical Theatre-- Scenery and Lighting: Beginning Set Design / Beginning Set Construction
Students will learn the role of the scenic designer and understand the process of set design. Scale and drafting techniques, drawing and painting, model construction, and script analysis are elements that will be used in designing sets and developing floor plans.
The scene shop will be used as students construct platforms, flats, stairs, and advanced scenic devices such as three-dimensional sculpted scenery. Options for second year students are available.

Technical Theatre-- Costume and Makeup: Beginning Costume Design / Beginning Costume Construction
Students will learn the processes, techniques, and materials utilized in theatrical costume design. Instruction will occur in the costume shop as students use imagination in designing costumes for theatre productions. Design choices will be communicated through script analysis, application of design elements and principles, drawing and painting techniques, and historical research. Students will use the sewing machine and serger to create costume elements such as skirts, vest, and capes and progress to more advanced costuming techniques like patterning, altering, and tailoring. Options for second year students are available.

Television Broadcast-- Video Production I and II Integrated / Video Production III and IV Integrated The program will develop skills in basic theory, practice and operations of equipment related to a television studio, the portable camera, and videotape editing. Enhances introductory skills by providing more in-depth and specialized experiences in video equipment operations. Instruction includes switchers, cameras, lighting, audio boards and tape machines. Additionally, study will be conducted on recent trends in mass communication. Provides instruction in producing non-narrative videos, and commercials. Options for second year students are available.
Travel Planning & Hotel Management-- Intro to Hotel, Lodging, Travel, and Tourism Industry / Hotel and Lodging I
This course introduces the student to the major segments of the Hotel/Lodging and Travel Tourism industry and the economic impact the industry has on the local, state, national, and global economy. The products, services, and packages offered to the business and leisure travelers by different types of businesses in the industry are examined. Utilizing current technology, the Internet, and software packages, students develop a tour package and marketing plan for a selected niche market that incorporates appropriate promotional and pricing strategies that ensure business profitability. Explores the fundamentals of operation and marketing in this major services industry; covers front desk operations, marketing/sales activities and guest services. Options for second year students are available.

Veterinarian Technology-- Small Animal Care / Small Animal Management
This course provides instruction in animal care for students interested in pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine specializing in small and/or large animal care. Students study the history and evolution of animals as well as breeds, species, anatomy, biomechanics and movement, selection and judging, genetics, reproduction, digestion and nutrition, health and behavior management, and animal housing. This course also explores establishing and managing animal enterprises; includes instruction in selecting, breeding, feeding, caring for small, large, or specialty animals. Options for second year students are available.