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On-Line Courses

Nelson County High School offers a variety of Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement and On-line courses. Students are able to take these courses in the Nelson Achiever’s Lab.  While all courses offered at NCHS are open to interested and motivated students, students must possess strong language and writing skills and have adequate technical skills and personal characteristics for success in a virtual course. 

 

Enrollment in any of these classes requires dedication and perseverance and should not be enrolled in lightly.  Dual Enrollment courses are offered through Piedmont Virginia Community College.   Students taking an online course must maintain communication with their college professor.  All PVCC policies apply to high school DE students.  The student handbook can be viewed online at www.pvcc.edu. 

 

Advanced Placement online courses are offered through the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia Program.  The Virtual Virginia Program allows students across the commonwealth to enroll in flexible, online AP courses.  Students who withdraw from Virtual Virginia AP courses after the deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $75.  All AP courses through Virtual Virginia can be used toward the Early College Scholars Program. 
 
The classes offered are listed below.
 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Accounting I/Lab/Online (ACC 211/213)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

Presents accounting principles and their application to various businesses, covers the accounting cycle, income determination, and financial reporting, and studies service and merchandising companies.
 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Accounting II/Lab/Online (ACC 212/214)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1                                                                                                                                    Possibility of four (4) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test, and ACC 211.

Continues Principles of Accounting 211 with emphasis on cost and managerial accounting

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Computing/Online (CSC 110)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

Introduces problem solving through computer applications and a programming language; examines development of computers, social and ethical implications of computers, and properties of programming languages; and covers input, storage, data manipulation, software, and hardware. 
Recommended: 20 wpm keyboarding skills and mouse proficiency.
 
 

Dual Enrollment Information Literacy/Online (ITE 119)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Covers the information literacy core competencies focusing on the use of information technology skills; skills and knowledge will be developed in database searching, computer applications, information security and privacy, and intellectual property issues.

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Information Systems/Online (ITE 120)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Provides an overview of the fundamentals of computer information systems; focuses on the role of computers in business today including hardware, software, analysis, design, and implementation of information systems; includes an introduction to computer ethics and business and personal security; exposes students to techniques used in programming and system development; and utilizes a hands-on component for spreadsheets, databases, and web design applications.

Recommend: 20 wpm and mouse proficiency.
 
 

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology I/Online (HLT 141)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of two (2) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course provides an understanding of medical abbreviations and terms. It includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, word stems, and technical terms with emphasis on proper spelling, pronunciation, and usage. It emphasizes more complex skills and techniques in understanding medical terminology.

AP Art History/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                                        AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  It is highly recommended that students have prior success in other courses such as history, literature, and in any of the studio art courses.  Although this course can be completed in one semester, it is highly recommended that students take this as a yearlong course. 

 

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts.  Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures.  While visual analysis is the fundamental tool of the art historian, art history also emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions of and effects of works of art.  Student work will be required outside of class time.   The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.
 

AP European History/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                         AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  English and World History I.  Although this course can be completed in one semester, it is highly recommended that students take this as a yearlong course. 

 

The study of European history since 1450 A.D. introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live.  Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse.  In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, goals of the course are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.  Student work will be required outside of class time.   The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

AP Human Geography/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                    AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  World History I or World Geography

 

This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the earth’s surface.  Students will study diverse peoples and areas organized around concepts that include location and place, scale, pattern, spatial organization, and regionalization.  They will also learn about methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  Student work will be required outside of class time.   The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

AP United States History/Online (Early College Scholars Program)               AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  "B" average or better in Social Studies

 

This course is a survey study equivalent to the demands of an introductory college course in United States History.  Historical periods studied will be given in-depth consideration by means of a chronological or topical approach, or a combination of the two and political, social, economic, and cultural treatment of the period.  It is possible that students may receive freshman college credit for this course based on their score and the policy of the student’s college choice.  The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

Dual Enrollment United States History I/Online (HIS 121)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC      

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course surveys United States history from its beginning to the present. 

 
 

Dual Enrollment United States History II/Online (HIS 122)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course surveys United States history from its beginning to the present. 
 
 

AP Psychology/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                            AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:   

 

This course is intended to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavioral and mental processes, and students will increase their understanding of psychology, its methods, theory, and research.

 

AP Psychology is a survey course, so students will focus on bits of information from many different areas in psychology. Primarily, the course will explore the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields of psychology (consciousness, learning, personality, cognition, etc.).  It is possible that students may receive freshman college credit for this course based on their AP Exam score and the policy of the student’s college choice.  The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

Dual Enrollment Administration of Justice/Online (ADJ 100)

This course is only offered in the fall semester.

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course presents an overview of the US criminal justice systems and introduces the major system components, law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections. 

 
 

Dual Enrollment Developmental Psychology/Online (PSY 230)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Studies the development of the individual from conception to death; follows a life-span perspective on the developmental tasks of the person's physical, cognitive and psycho-social growth.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Criminal Law/Online (ADJ 130)

This course is only offered in the spring semester.

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course surveys the general principles of American criminal law, the elements of major crimes, and the basic steps of prosecution procedure.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Macroeconomics/Online(ECO 201)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This class introduces macroeconomics including the study of Keynesian, classical, and monetarist principles and theories; the study of national economic growth, inflation, recession, unemployment, financial markets, and money and banking; and the role of government spending and taxation, along with international trade and investments.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Microeconomics/Online (ECO 202)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This class introduces the basic concepts of microeconomics; explores the free market concepts with coverage of economic models and graphs, scarcity and choices, supply and demand, elasticity, marginal benefits and costs, profits and production and distribution.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Psychology/Online (PSY 200)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Principles of Psychology survey the basic concepts of psychology.  This course covers the scientific study of behavior, behavioral research methods and analysis, and theoretical interpretations.  This course includes topics such as:  physiological mechanisms, sensation/perception, motivation, learning, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Sociology/Online (SOC 200)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1     

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

 Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course introduces fundamentals of social life and presents significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions. 

 

AP Physics/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                              AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisites:    Algebra II, Math Analysis, or Trigonometry; College Board strongly recommends Physics

 

This course focuses on providing students with a survey of the major areas of physics – mechanics, fluids, waves, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics (atomic and nuclear). Students learn to think like scientists: making predictions based on observations, writing hypotheses, designing and completing experiments, and developing conclusions based on the analysis of data derived from these experiments. In addition, students apply what they learn in class to their personal experiences. The course provides guided inquiry and student-centered learning activities to foster critical thinking.

Kitchen and virtual labs are used in this class.  It is possible that students may receive freshman college credit for this course based on their AP Exam score and the policy of the student’s college choice.  (Although this virtual class can be taken in one semester, it is highly recommended that students take this course yearlong).  The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

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