Philosophy of teaching and learning


Business Education at Sheldon College focuses on the key competencies of an Entrepreneur and as such ingrains the model of entrepreneurship within topic concepts. Business ventures are an integral part of the program and allow the students to link business theory with practice. 

Business impacts on and presents a range of challenges to individuals, members of groups and organisations as they engage in everyday activities in their roles as citizens, consumers, workers or entrepreneurs.

Individuals, groups and organisations use business practices to achieve their goals. Business practices refer to the ways people work in business environments. Business practices involve the use of innovation, entrepreneurial creativity, strategic planning, management, marketing, communication and information and communication technologies.

"Business Education focuses on business and economic systems, information procedures, enterprise and ventures and work environments."

Ms Amanda Tanks, Head of Faculty - Business and Technology
Scott Millar - Student Entrepreneur

Scott graduated from Sheldon College in 2017 and has continued to grow his own company that he launched for a Grade 9 business venture as a student of Sheldon College. Scott now presents at events such as world science week where he displays the creative use of technology to display holograms using a phone or tablet. Enjoy the video.

Business Education
Business Management
Economics
EDIS
Legal Studies

Business Education

Years 9 and 10 

Business Education is important for students in the lower secondary school years, as it is at this time that they gain a degree of independence in accumulating and managing finances, make decisions about goods and services, and acquire legal rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Business Education focuses on the key competencies of an Entrepreneur and as such ingrains the model of entrepreneurship within topic concepts. Business ventures are an integral part of the program and allow the students to link business theory with practice.

Business Management

Years 11 and 12

Business Management builds students’ understandings of the important role that managers play in businesses that vary in size and nature. Students develop knowledge and understanding of business management as they explore the main functions of businesses. Learning through case studies in authentic local, national and global business contexts, students apply their knowledge to business situations in order to identify issues.

Students analyse and interpret business information and management strategies, evaluating the success of these in meeting business outcomes. Simulating the role of business managers, students formulate and justify management strategies and recommendations that impact on business objectives.

Economics

Years 11 and 12

Economics is a study of how to use scarce resources in the best way possible. Households, businesses and governments are confronted with “the economic problem” of alternative uses of their limited resources. For this reason, Economics is sometimes commonly referred to as the science of choice.

The social, political, environmental and economic ramifications inherent in the process of choosing will be considered. Increasingly the process of globalisation impacts significantly on international, national and local levels.

EDIS

Years 11 and 12

The course has been designed to encourage students to undertake the fundamental interdisciplinary skills, which will enrich their ability to be successful entrepreneurs/designers in the future. The foundation is based essentially on the concept of Design, Make and Appraise.

Collaboration is the key to future industries that formulates the basis of 21st Century skills, as students no longer learn through traditional ways of constructing knowledge but through connecting with each other and through the use of purposeful technology (Whitby, 2007). It is fundamental that learning moves to project-based work and this program will allow for a smooth transition between the three areas and challenge students to provide their own connections.

There is no one area that in reality operates independently without relationship to the other. This interdisciplinary course provides that explicit connection which already occurs in the ‘real world’.

Legal Studies

Years 11 and 12

In Legal Studies, students develop an understanding of the ways in which the legal system can affect the lives of Australian citizens. By examining historical and social factors that have led society to create a legal system, students develop knowledge and understanding of the frameworks which regulate and shape our society.

By analysing Australian and international legal systems, students consider the impact that legal decisions can have on Australian society and how diverse groups influence and are influenced by the legal system.