Middle School

3100 Cain Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 596-3000
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Marketing Syllabus

Instructor: Brian Morris

Course Description:

In this class you will have the opportunity to start and run a small business using the resources and technology available in the Tech Arts lab and shop. This is the first time this class has been offered and we will be learning what it takes to run a business from a school classroom together. Since this class is a C.T.E (Career and Technology Education) certified class the emphasis will be on learning in the following areas:

*career orientation

*skills needed for entrepreneurial activities (small business owner)

*characteristics of entrepreneurs and the people who work for them

*benefits and challenges of a small business

*how to create a business plan

*communication skills both with peers and adults

*working in a small business

*leadership skills

*marketing skills

*producing a product and selling it to a select market

*and others which will be added as we learn what it takes to run this class.

Since entrepreneurial skills are desired by both large and small employers, you will be able to transfer what you learn to a career in any type or size of organization.

Classroom Expectations:

Along with the above mentioned skills you will be learning the following skills, programs and hardware in order to design and build your product.

    * Learn to read a working drawing.
    * Learn to visualize objects and draw them from an idea using the following types       of drawing techniques: Orthographic, Isometric, Oblique, and Perspective.
    * Learn and design with SketchUp, 3D modeling software. Learn and become proficient with Layout, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
    * Learn and use the Design Process.
    * Design a product that you will build or to be printed in the 3D printer. 

   * Design a product that you can engrave using the Epilog 40 watt Laser Engraver.

    * Pass written safety tests (general and machine).
    * Demonstrate proper machine use to instructor.
    * Learn to figure project/product costs.
    * Work responsibly on individual and/or group projects in the shop and in the lab.
    * Respect and cooperate with other students, peers and colleagues.
    * Respect other students’ projects/products, machines and tools.
    * Participate in all class activities with a positive attitude.

   *Be a productive member of your small business in whatever capacity is needed.  

All students will be required to take all safety tests. Each student will be part of a small business (the number of businesses will be determined by the class) that will design and produce a product that can be sold to their peers in the class, other students in the school and the community.

The reason this period has been chosen for this class is because 6th per the lab will be available at all times along with the shop in order to design and produce the products . Also, if production of a product needs more time it can run after school as needed.


Grades will be based on student’s individual effort and quality on assignments/projects, quizzes and class participation/behavior. Each of these will be assigned a point value and the total points earned at the end of the quarter will determine your grade. Each student will start with 100 participation/behavior points. These points can be lost by not cooperating or being off task in class. You cannot get these points back once they are lost.

Points are weighted in five areas:

40%--Assignments, Projects/Products
20%--Participation/Cooperation/Communication skills
20%--Computer Lab/Software Efficiency

Students are expected to be working everyday (in Tech)- three days of not working will result in lowering students grade a half grade. Ex.- If a student earned a B grade but did not work for three days during the quarter she/he will receive a B- for their final grade.

Classroom Rules

   1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
   2. Be in class and seated when the bell rings with materials ready to work (paper,    pencil, assignments, plans). You need to be on time to work at a job and this is no different. First tardy will result in a warning from your employer (Mr. Morris) . All following tardies will result in a clean-up job in the shop to be done during that class period.
   3. Walk, don’t run in the shop/computer lab.
   4. Clean up all class/lab work before leaving. Instructor will dismiss the class. NOT the bell.
   5. Ask permission before leaving classroom.
   6. Follow all safety rules.

Classroom Consequences:

   1. Warning.
   2. Loss of points/assigned a clean-up job.
   3. Detention - After or before school with instructor. One half hour.
   4. Detention and call home.
   5. Send to vice-principal and #4.

* Any student who is determined to be unsafe to either themselves or other persons will be removed from the class at the instructor’s discretion.


This should be a fun and challenging class for you. As the third class I am trying this with it will be up to you to help me in designing the curriculum and guidelines for future classes. As such I want your input on what goes well, what doesn’t, what you like and what you don’t like, what you feel is beneficial and what’s not.