At Odysseyware, we are committed to designing and publishing standards-aligned courses to support student learning. Our curriculum development team designs courses beginning with state and national standards.

Subject Matter Experts unpack each standard to craft standards-aligned learning objectives prior to collaborating with instructional designers, curriculum writers and editors to design courses, units, lessons, projects and assessments.

Courses in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and History/Social Sciences are aligned to the North Dakota Content Standards.

Our digital curriculum is continually recognized for its consistent quality and rigor, with 22 technology courses receiving the ISTE Seal of Alignment for Proficiency and 22 core courses approved by Quality Matters.

Fundamentals of Programming and Software Development

Fundamentals of Programming and Software Development

This course will provide students with an understanding of basic software development concepts and practices, issues affecting the software industry, careers within the software industry, and the skills necessary to perform well in these occupations.

Students will learn details about core concepts in programming using Java, including writing and debugging code, proper syntax, flow of control, order of operations, comparison operators, and program logic tools and models. They will learn the function of key program techniques including if statements, looping, and arrays. They will also learn about web development using HTML and drag-and-drop development of user interfaces in an Integrated Development environment.

Students will also learn about the Software Development Life Cycle and the different variations used to create software. They will learn about different programming languages and paradigms. They will learn about the importance of usability and usercentered design processes. Students will also learn about careers in the software industry, the education and skills required to work in the industry, and related career resources. Finally, the capstone project will allow students to explore and state opinions on key issues and trends impacting the software industry, and to learn about the experience of working in the industry.

Objectives

  • Understand the relationship between computer hardware and software.
  • Describe the purpose and high-level organization of the central processing unit.
  • Understand categories of software and be able to properly assign software products into the correct category.
  • Describe the key functions of systems software.
  • Describe the functionality of popular software applications (e.g., word processing, database management, spreadsheet development).
  • Understand the function and operation of compilers and interpreters.

For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with the basics of using desktop and laptop computers as well as accessing websites over the Internet. If students are unfamiliar with these topics, it is recommended, though not required, that they familiarize themselves with creating and saving files in a text editing or word processing application and with using web browsers and conducting searches on the Internet.

Additionally, activities in this course require that the Java Software Development Kit (SDK) and the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is installed on students' computers. Instructions are included in the Unit 1 lesson titled "Introduction to Java Programming."

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Fundamentals of Digital Media

Fundamentals of Digital Media

This course gives an overview of the different types of digital media and how they are used in the world today. Students examine the impact that digital media has on culture and lifestyle. The course reviews the basic concepts for creating effective digital media and introduces a number of different career paths that relate to digital media.

Students will examine some tools used to create digital media and discuss best practices in the creating of digital media. This includes an overview of the process used to create new media pieces as well as the basics concepts of project management.

In the course, students will examine the use of social media, digital media in advertising, digital media on the World Wide Web, digital media in business, gaming and simulations, e-commerce, and digital music and movies. Students will review ethics and laws that impact digital media use or creation.

Objectives

  • Discuss different types of digital media.
  • Explain the value of using online video and audio for business.
  • Discuss careers in digital media.•Compare and contrast digital media and traditional forms of media.
  • Discuss living in a digital society and the changes resulting from it.
  • Discuss project management as a career.•Describe the evolution of social media.
  • Discuss ethics and social media.•Identify some challenges that the gaming industry will face in the future.
  • Compare the different types of computer languages.•Determine the role digital media plays in globalization.
  • Explain the limitations of doing business on the web.•Describe some different laws that relate to digital media.
  • Explain the cannons of journalism.•Describe some expected changes in social media and advertising.
  • Determine what type of schooling is necessary for their chosen career.

Student should have a basic understanding of computers and the Internet.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Fundamentals of Computer Systems

Fundamentals of Computer Systems

The Computer Fundamentals course will provide students with an understanding of computers and how they operate as well as a basic understanding of how to manage and maintain computers and computer systems. These skills will provide students with the ability to configure computers and solve computer problems.

Students will learn details about the different elements of computers and computer systems. They will learn to identify hardware devices and their functions. They will be instructed on the role of operating systems as well as how to install and customize the Windows operating system. Students will learn about networking and the Internet. They will also be introduced to security issues in order to protect themselves and their computers and data.

Students will also learn about some of the software applications typically used on computers today, such as Microsoft Office. In addition, students will learn specifics about maintaining and troubleshooting computers, including managing files, backing up systems, and using the administrative tools in the Windows operating system. Lastly, the students will learn the basics of customer service and working as a help desk support technician.

Objectives

  • After completing this course, the student will understand computers and their functions, as well as develop basic customer service skills, and be able to effectively meet customer needs.
  • Students will be able to implement problem-solving techniques to understand the nature of computer problems. They will also understand hardware components, software, and the Internet, so they are able to develop, maintain, and update computer systems.
  • After this course, students also will be able to use the Internet to update computer systems and complete other IT service-related tasks. They will be able to install, configure, or modify software and operating systems to ensure optimal system function.
  • Students will be able to perform computer backup procedures to protect information. They also will be able to recognize potential security threats and understand the procedures for maintaining security.
  • After this course students will be able to provide IT support and training for computers and networks.

For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with the basics of using desktop or laptop computers as well as accessing Web sites over the Internet.

If students are not familiar with these topics, it is recommended, though not required, that they familiarize themselves with the operating system and Web browser they will be using for this course. This includes turning on a computer and logging into an account, if necessary, exploring the different types of software available, navigating through some of the operating system menus to understand the available tools, and doing a basic search on the Internet.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Personal Care Services

Personal Care Services

This course in Personal Care Services introduces students to a variety of careers in the following areas: cosmetology (including hairstyling and haircutting, esthetics, manicuring, makeup, and teaching) and barbering (including cutting and styling of hair and facial hair and manicuring for men); massage therapy, teaching body-mind disciplines (yoga, Pilates, and the martial arts), and fitness (general exercise classes and acting as a personal trainer); and mortuary science (embalming and funeral directing). The course teaches students about what each career entails and the education and training they will need to become credentialed in various career specialties. In addition, about half of the course is devoted to teaching knowledge associated with the various professions, so that students can get a feel for what they should learn and whether they would like to learn it.

  • Introduction to Careers in Personal Care: Unit One is an overview of careers in personal care. Students will explore different jobs, the scope of a professional's work in each of these job titles and the type of education that will be required for each job title. Students also explore some foundational knowledge necessary for the pursuit of a career in personal care.
  • Careers in the Beauty Industry: Unit Two focuses on careers in the personal appearance or beauty industry. In includes lessons on the anatomy of the integumentary system, cosmetology specialties, education and skill requirements for cosmetology careers, and accreditation and licensing.
  • Careers in Massage Therapy: Students will learn about the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, types of massage, massage-therapy training, accreditation, and health and safety issues.
  • Careers in Body-Mind Movement Instruction and Group Exercise and Fitness Education: Unit four covers careers in fitness instruction, dividing this topic into mind-body disciplines and general exercise.
  • How These Careers Interact: This unit focuses on mortuary science and culminates with a lesson on how the careers within this field interact.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Human Services

Introduction to Human Services

This course introduces high school students to the possibilities for careers in the human services professions. Through anecdotes, lessons, and a variety of assignments and projects, students will learn about the broad variety of jobs available in the human services. These begin with entry-level positions, such as associate social workers, that require only a two-year Associate of Arts degree. At the apex of the profession, being a psychiatrist brings the most prestige and the biggest salary, but only after many years of school and training. Students will learn exactly what the human services are and the ethics and philosophies of the helping professions. The history of the profession will be covered, as well as the impact of the cultural, social, and economic environment on individual people, especially those who need social services assistance. By the conclusion of this course, students will have a firm introductory understanding of the social services professions. Employment at all levels of social work and related jobs is projected to grow rapidly over the next decade. Students will have a better idea of whether this is a career course they would like to explore further.

  • Human Services: Changing and Improving People’s Lives: Students will learn exactly what defines human services, some essential history of the field, and the underlying philosophy of the helping professions. Students will also be shown how professionals use the available human resources to achieve specific goals in the human services setting, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary team approaches.
  • Values, Ethics, and Legal Issues: Students will learn about the underlying values and moral responsibilities that drive the field. Students will learn how to seek advice and guidance on legal, ethical, and professional questions when necessary.
  • Systems Theory, the Ecological Framework and other Perspectives: Students will learn how to conceptualize client problems as the way an individual interacts with other people, especially in groups: family, work, friends, and society at large. Students will also explore the basics of how people work with systems, within systems, and as part of a system, especially as they relate to human services.
  • From Theory to Practice: Students will pursue a deeper understanding of the change process. What is the change process? Can people change, and, if so, how? They will also explore delivery models for helping people in need, different stages of intervention, and basic communications and interviewing skills.
  • Clients and Helpers in Human Services: Students will explore the personal characteristics needed by people who want to help others as a career. Intellectual capacities and cognitive skills that are necessary will also be part of the unit’s topics.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Human Growth and Development

Introduction to Human Growth and Development

This course focuses on human growth and development over the lifespan, as well as careers that help people deal with various physical, intellectual, and socioemotional issues, such as physicians, nurses, nutritionists, substance abuse counselors, clergy, teachers, career counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. This course is important because it gives the student a background in human growth and development from before birth, through childhood, into adulthood, and through death and grief. It gives the student perspective and highlights where people in the caring professions are most needed. Students who take this course will come away with a broad understanding of all the careers that help people from birth to death. They will understand how people in the helping professions interact with each other and how continued growth in this sector can give them flexibility, good pay, and high job satisfaction.

  • Starting Strong: Introduction to a Lifelong Journey: This unit focuses on introducing human growth and development as a journey throughout the lifespan, exploring parallel physical, cognitive and socio-emotional/personality domains through various chronological ages. It examines developmental milestones through the lenses and perspectives of developmental theorists Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud, Lev Vygotsky and their respective theories.
  • Childhood: Early, Middle, and Late: This unit focuses on the milestones of normal physical growth, cognitive, socio-emotional, and personality development throughout the main stages of childhood, from toddlerhood through preschool and middle school, to the edges of adolescence. It discusses the psychosocial task of toddlers as outlined by Erik Erikson, the stage of cognitive development for the toddler as presented by Jean Piaget and described physical growth and language development throughout childhood.
  • Adolescence: This unit focuses on the tremendous physical and physiological changes experienced during the adolescent years (12-18) and the transitional challenges of not being a child but not being fully grown either. It discusses the physical changes that trigger puberty and the development of self-concept, self-esteem, and identity during adolescence, as well as the psychosocial tasks faced in adolescence as described by Erik Erikson. It introduces moral development during adolescence according to Lawrence Kohlberg and covers the topics of dating, sex, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting styles, eating disorders, drug and alcohol use, and depression.
  • Adulthood: You Have Arrived: This unit focused on the phases of growth and development experienced during the adult years, including leaving home to create one’s own life, career, and family. We described the physiological changes during early adulthood, socioemotional development during this phase, and the financial challenges of being an independent young adult. We also explored midlife, including what is traditionally called the midlife crisis, psychosocial tasks in middle adulthood, changes in sexuality, rearing children, the "Sandwich Generation," finances, and retirement.
  • Finishing Strong: Ending the Lifelong Journey: This unit focuses on understanding the tasks and challenges of the last years of life, how to accept the limits of our aging bodies, still finding ways to remain competent and useful, and coping with and accepting loss. Specifically, it reviews end-of-life decision-making, senior relationships, dementia, and the psychosocial tasks associated with this stage. Lastly, it talks about the dying process, cultural aspects of death, signs of approaching death, and grieving.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Consumer Services

Introduction to Consumer Services

In this introductory Consumer Services course, students analyze various career paths in terms of employment opportunities. We will discuss educational requirements, including applicable hard and soft skills, certifications, and licensures for different pathways. Developing research, analytical, and presentations skills will be key components. This course is designed as an overview to prepare students for a consumer services-related career and to introduce them to specialty areas. Emphasis is placed on the human services aspect (vs. corporate concerns) of consumer services. Social issues and advocacy, as well as ethics and legalities, are a recurring theme. Students will gain knowledge of current issues affecting various consumer services professions, and the impact of local, state, national and global issues on consumer services.

  • Consumer Services Basic Competencies and Organizational Structures: This unit focuses on introducing consumer services professions, which provide services to individual consumers as opposed to businesses. It offers perspectives on customer services and consumer advocacy, organizational structure, external influences on consumer services, and career management.
  • Customer Service and Consumer Advocacy: This unit focuses on customer service, conflict resolution, and working with databases. It also introduces students to the role of policymakers and consumer advocacy.
  • Counseling, Advisement, and Education: This unit focuses consumer services in a financial setting. Students will learn about becoming a financial counselor, developing a financial plan and budgeting. Applying for credit and credit scoring will also be introduced, as will aspects of building an estate plan, credit counseling, and risk management.
  • Creativity: Consumer services careers that involve creativity are the focus of this unit. Students will explore careers ranging from fashion designers to those involving writing and editing.
  • Management, Sales, and Public Relations: Aspects of the different levels of management, sales and public relations are topics in this unit. Content focused on management ranges from what working with employees to analyzing customer bases. In the lessons on sales and public relations, students will learn how to manage a company’s public image while also improving sales.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Family and Community Services

Family and Community Services

This course introduces applications within professions related to Family and Community Services. You will identify degree and credential requirements for occupations in this pathway and identify individual, social, historical, economic, and cultural context to increase awareness of family and community services. You will develop the abilities necessary to evaluate and identify a range of effective communication strategies and skills for establishing a collaborative relationship with others. You will also complete a variety of projects to apply your skills and knowledge. The course begins by introducing you to Family and Community Services, associated careers, and general requirements. The first unit requires you to investigate the skills required for many professions, including effective communication and critical thinking. The remaining units are divided among career fields. Each chapter begins with a lesson that discusses the general role of the professionals, their required skills and knowledge, educational requirements, employment opportunities, and salaries. The following lessons in each chapter then discuss various aspects of the career in greater detail.

  • Introduction to Family and Community Services: In this first unit, students will explore introductory information needed to understand careers in Family and Community Services. It covers occupations, educational and skill requirements, hard and soft skills, and a review of organizational structures.
  • Social Workers: This unit offers an overview of the profession of social work. It covers the types of careers, such as clinical, child and family, and health care. It also discusses certification requirements, workplace settings, and job roles.
  • Management and Planners: This unit explores the requirements and roles of managers, planning aides, and eligibility interviewers as support personnel in Family and Community Services.
  • Therapists and Treatments Specialists: The goals of the professionals who serve as therapists and treatment specialists are to change behaviors. In this unit, students will extend their knowledge of family and community services by learning about marriage and family therapists and correctional treatment specialists.
  • Education and Childcare: When one thinks of an educator, the first thing that comes to mind is a schoolteacher. However, the profession provides a wide variety of career options such as professor, elementary, middle school, or high school teacher, lecturer, substitute teacher, special education teacher, teacher’s aide, outreach educator, and preschool teacher. This unit is a general introduction into the careers of education and childcare and provides examples of duties and responsibilities associated with the careers.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Careers in Marketing Research

Careers in Marketing Research

Marketing research is the foundation of all marketing activities because it provides the data needed to make key strategic decisions about products, promotions, pricing, and other key organizational decisions. This course will provide information about the process of investigation and problem analysis by using research to produce key marketing statistics that are communicated to management and used throughout the organization. This course concludes with the execution, interpretation, and presentation of marketing research.

  • The World of Marketing Research: Students will explore the role of market research and current trends. They will examine ways that companies and nonprofits can use marketing research and how the 4-step marketing research process works. It also covers various functions of marketing research as well as differences between basic and applied studies in terms of marketing research.
  • The Marketing Research Industry and Ethics: This unit focuses on the marketing research industry and types of careers in the field. It also identifies the major marketing research firms and explores skills, experience and education requirements for research positions. Research ethics are also addressed.
  • Types of Marketing Research: Ways to utilize surveys to inform business decisions kicks off this unit. Types of surveys are also covered as well as how to construct and word surveys. Differences between primary and secondary data and how technology is used in marketing research is also explored.
  • Marketing Research Basics: This unit focuses on what measurement means and how measurement is used in terms of marketing research. Types of measurement scales and data examples are also explored as is how the data processing and analysis phase relates to the marketing research process.
  • Putting It All Together: This unit focuses on formatting research reports, guidelines for presentations, decisions based on findings, and implementing decisions. It also touches on which organizations use marketing research to make decisions, and ways that research data can be used to make decisions on a continual basis.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Marketing
Course Length: Semester

Therapeutics: The Art of Restoring and Maintaining Wellness

Therapeutics: The Art of Restoring and Maintaining Wellness

This course focuses on careers that help restore and maintain mobility and physical and mental health, such as physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, dieticians and dietetic technicians, art therapist, neurotherapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and registered dental hygienists.

Each career is explored in depth, examining typical job duties, educational and licensure requirements, working conditions, average salary, and job outlook. Key concepts and specific skill sets are introduced in the lessons, allowing students to apply what they have learned to health careers.

This course is important because skilled health care workers are in high demand and expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. The unprecedented growth in this field is due to an aging population with more chronic conditions, new technology that has saved and lengthened lives, and increased demand for high-tech services.

Students who take this course will come away with a broad perspective of the myriad career opportunities in health care today. They will understand how people in different health care professions interact with each other, and how significant expected growth in the industry can give them flexibility, good pay, and high job satisfaction. 

  • Physical Therapy, Biomechanics, and Athletic Training: This unit introduces the concept of physiotherapy and biomechanics, and then explains somewhat the careers of physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, and athletic trainer. It describes the anatomy and physiology of skeletal muscle and the theory of muscle contraction. The physics of movement are represented by the lever system, in which different types of joints are classified as first-, second-, or third-class levers. It also explores the biomechanical approach to studying the body and movement in which the body is viewed as a machine with many component parts. Finally, it explores athletic training as a related profession.
  • Occupational Therapy, Audiology, and Related Careers: This unit continues on the theme of wellness and rehabilitation. It covers occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation counselor, recreational therapist, and audiologist.
  • Dietetics and Nutrition: This unit explores the effect of nutrition on health and well-being. Professionals who help people eat healthier are called registered dietitians and nutritional therapists. In nutritional therapy, food is viewed not just as a lifestyle, but also as a conscious protocol for the treatment of specific conditions. This unit goes in depth to examine the global obesity epidemic and factors contributing to it, such as sedentary lifestyles, ready access to inexpensive and high-fat foods such as fast food, prolonged sitting in front of computers or video gaming consoles, and increased time spent indoors.
  • Speech-language Pathologist, Art Therapist, Massage Therapist, and Animal-Assisted Therapist: This unit examine speech-language pathology, art therapy, massage therapy, and animal-assisted therapy and their role in improving the lives of patients. Common speech pathologies, such as dysfluency and dysarthria, were described along with their treatments.
  • Dental Support Careers, Biofeedback, and Neurotherapy: Students will explore careers for registered dental hygienists and dental assistants, as well as dental laboratory technicians. The unit also explores the concept and practice of biofeedback and neurotherapy in the treatment and prevention of disease.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Health Science
Course Length: Semester