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1 CALIFORNIA AWARDS PROGRAM TABLE OF CONTENT General Information... 3 Competitive Event Revisions/Modifications... 4 Dress Code... 5 Knowledge Event... 6 Accounting Principles... 7 Business Law... 8 Computer Concepts... 9 Contemporary Sports Issues Cyber Security Financial Concepts Information Management International Business Justice Administration Macroeconomics Management Concepts Marketing Concepts Microeconomics Networking Concepts Parliamentary Procedure Project Management Retail Management Sports Management and Marketing Statistical Analysis Telecommunications Presentation Event Accounting Analysis & Decision Making Business Communication Business Decision Making Business Ethics Business Presentation Client Service Computer Game & Stimulation Programming Digital Video Production Economic Analysis & Decision Making Emerging Business Issues Financial Analysis & Decision Making Financial Services Future Business Executive Help Desk Hospitality Management Human Resource Management Impromptu Speaking Integrated Marketing Campaign Job Interview Management Analysis & Decision Making Marketing Analysis & Decision Making Public Speaking Sales Presentation L i g h t t h e F i r e W i t h i n

2 Small Business Management Plan Strategic Analysis & Decision Making Website Design Skill Event Accounting for Professionals Computer Applications Database Design & Applications Desktop Publishing Word Processing Chapter Project Event Community Service Project Free Enterprise Project Local Chapter Annual Business Report Name Tag Event C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 2 P a g e

3 GENERAL INFORMATION Mission Statement The mission statement of the California PBL Awards Program is to provide a competitive forum for outstanding members of California Phi Beta Lambda. The California PBL Awards program follows the guidelines and philosophies set by the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Association. Program Design and Purpose The Competitive Events Series exemplifies the range of activities and focus of FBLA-PBL, Inc. These events are based on projects developed from the goals of FBLA-PBL and the curricula of business programs. FBLA-PBL is committed to facilitating the transition of its members from their educational development into their career path. The competitive events program plays a central role in delivering on this commitment. The program allows members to demonstrate and validate their mastery of essential business concepts, skills, and knowledge. In addition, members participating in this program will: demonstrate their career competencies, business knowledge, and job-related skills expand their leadership skills demonstrate their competitive spirit receive recognition for their achievements Competitive events are provided as a membership benefit for Phi Beta Lambda. Only members who meet the official membership eligibility requirements and are on record with the national association as dues paid members by the State Business Leadership Conference are eligible to compete in these events. Membership in PBL is unified on the local, state, and national levels and is not available separately. Members who have competed in events at the national level are not eligible to compete the following year at SBLC in those respective events. Competition Limit Members are limited to competition in 3 knowledge events, 2 skill events, 2 presentation events, and any number of chapter project events. Also, chapters are limited in the delegates they may enter for each competitive event. Each chapter may enter 6 delegates for each knowledge event, and chapters may submit teams according to the following Conference Attendee Guidelines for skill and presentation events: Number of Conference Attendees Number of Eligible Teams C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 3 P a g e

4 COMPETITIVE EVENT REVISIONS/MODIFICATIONS A performance component has been added to the Analysis & Decision Making events for Accounting, Economics, Financial, and Strategic. Desktop Publishing finished product must be submitted in color. Media may be labeled using any method but must include name of event, state, school, participant(s) name. Business Decision Making and Network Design time has been modified to 7 minutes and is an interactive presentation. Business Ethics, Integrated Marketing, and Sales Presentation time has been modified to 7 minutes. Rating Sheet Modifications Please review Rating Sheets for modifications. Any type of technology device (e.g., laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) may be used. The individual or team is responsible for the functionality of all technology devices C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 4 P a g e

5 CAPBL CONFERENCE DRESS CODE FBLA-PBL members and advisers should develop an awareness of the image one s appearance projects. The purpose of the dress code is to uphold the professional image of the association and its members and to prepare students for the business world. Appropriate attire is required for all attendees advisers, members, and guests at all general sessions, competitive events, regional meetings, workshops, and other activities unless otherwise stated in the conference program. Conference name badges are part of this dress code and must be worn for all conference functions. For safety reasons, do not wear name badges when touring. Professional attire acceptable for official FBLA-PBL activities includes: Males Business suit with collar dress shirt, and necktie or Sport coat, dress slacks, collar shirt, and necktie or Dress slacks, collar shirt, and necktie Banded collar shirt may be worn only if sport coat or business suit is worn Dress shoes and socks Females Business suit with blouse or Business pantsuit with blouse or Skirt or dress slacks with blouse or sweater or Business dress Capris or gauchos with coordinating jacket/suit, worn below the knee Dress shoes Inappropriate attire, for both men and women, includes: Jewelry in visible body piercing, other than ears Denim or chambray fabric clothing of any kind, overalls, shorts, skorts, stretch or stirrup pants, exercise or bike shorts Backless, see-through, tight-fitting, spaghetti straps, strapless, extremely short, or low-cut blouses/tops/dresses/skirts T-shirts, Lycra, spandex, midriff tops, tank tops, bathing suits Sandals, athletic shoes, industrial work shoes, hiking boots, bare feet, or over-the kneeboots Athletic wear, including sneakers Hats or flannel fabric clothing Bolo ties Visible foundation garments CLARIFICATION Many women s two-piece suits are currently designed so that they do not require a blouse. Therefore, this will be accepted. In addition, sling-back shoes, open-toe shoes, and sleeveless dresses are accepted C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 5 P a g e

6 KNOWLEDGE EVENT OVERVIEW Each chapter may submit up to six (6) participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by the SBLC of the current school year in each knowledge event. Each member can compete in up to three (3) knowledge events. Each test will be conducted through the FBLA-PBL Online Testing Program. Passwords, login information and web address will be distributed to chapters upon receipt of competitive events rosters. Online testing will NOT be offered on-site. NO EXCEPTIONS. The online testing window will be available from March The first, second, and third place winner in state competition will represent California at the National Leadership Conference (with the exception of Parliamentary Procedure). Members who have competed in events at the national level are not eligible to compete the following year at SBLC in those respective events unless otherwise stated in the event guidelines C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 6 P a g e

7 ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES Knowledge of accounting principles is essential in preparing for careers in business. This event provides recognition for PBL members who have an understanding of the basic principles of accounting and who give evidence of their knowledge in solving practical accounting problems. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Financial calculators may be used. basic concepts, principles, and terminology measurement, valuation, realization, and presentation of assets financial statements (balance sheet, income statement) accounts payable and receivable ownership structure worksheets professional standards and ethics other financial statements (e.g., cash flow, owner s equity statement, etc.) C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 7 P a g e

8 BUSINESS LAW This event provides recognition for PBL members who possess familiarity with those specific legal areas that most commonly affect personal and business relationships. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. contracts negotiable instruments agency, partnership & corporation bankruptcy consumer protection and product liability government regulations intellectual property wills and decedent s estates ethics torts environmental law C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 8 P a g e

9 COMPUTER CONCEPTS Understanding of computers is integral to the successful operation of business. This event provides recognition for PBL members who understand the basic principles involved in computer technology. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. basic computer principles terminology hardware software (applications, operating systems, etc.) networking systems and procedures programming concepts troubleshooting ethics C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 9 P a g e

10 CONTEMPORARY SPORTS ISSUES This event provides recognition for PBL members who understand and demonstrate knowledge about the current principles and issues of the dynamic sports industry both in this country and internationally. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. sports management intercollegiate athletics professional sports sports management and marketing agencies sports tourism international sports sports consumer behavior public relations finance and economics in sports industry sports facility and event management legal considerations sociological aspects of sports C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 10 P a g e

11 CYBER SECURITY With the increased use of the Internet for browsing, researching, information gathering, and e-commerce, information and cyber security has become a growing concern for businesses throughout our global economy. This event recognizes PBL members who understand security needs for technology. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. computer attacks (e.g., virus, spam, spyware, Trojans, hijackers, worms) firewalls intrusion detection network security public key authentication security disaster recovery forensic security physical security cryptography C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 11 P a g e

12 FINANCIAL CONCEPTS Social, political, legal, and technical aspects of financial development and management are essential elements for contemporary study in business finance. This event provides recognition for PBL members who understand financial models and techniques used in reaching effective financial decisions. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Financial calculators may be used. financial instruments and institutions time value of money cost of capital and capital budgeting evaluation and rates of return financial analysis capital investment decisions financial risks and returns international finance C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 12 P a g e

13 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Information is a fundamental resource of a business organization. Employees must understand the impact of technology on the efficient processing of information. This event provides recognition for PBL members who demonstrate knowledge in the areas of information management, decision making, human relations, and time management. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. resource management (human, financial, data) telecommunications and networking technology decision making E-business systems business communications ethics human relations C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 13 P a g e

14 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS This event recognizes PBL members who demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of management, marketing, and economics of international business. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. ownership and management legal issues communication (including culture and language) global business environment treaties and trade agreements marketing taxes and government regulations finance currency exchange human resource management C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 14 P a g e

15 JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION This event provides recognition for PBL members who can identify, understand, and demonstrate knowledge about general criminal justice concepts. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. nature of crime, law, and criminal justice (victimization, substance and procedure, and current justice trends with terrorism, homeland security and cyber crime) police and law enforcement (history and organization, role and function, and professional, social, and legal issues) courts and adjudication (prosecution and defense, pretrial procedures, criminal trial and punishment and sentencing) corrections and alternative sanctions (community sentences, history and current information on corrections, and prison life) juvenile justice system C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 15 P a g e

16 MACROECONOMICS This event provides recognition for PBL members who can identify, understand, and demonstrate knowledge about general macroeconomic principles, theories, and concepts. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. money and interest rates wages and unemployment inflation and deflation gross domestic product aggregate demand and supply consumption and saving fiscal and monetary policies recessions and depressions stabilization government deficit and debt international trade exchange rates economic development and growth C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 16 P a g e

17 MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS For success in the business as either an employee or an entrepreneur, the professional manager must build a solid foundation of business knowledge including its operation and its management. This event provides recognition for PBL members who possess knowledge of management principles. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. controlling decision making directing employee motivation theories planning organizing leadership business environment communication techniques group dynamics organizational structure policies and strategies staffing C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 17 P a g e

18 MARKETING CONCEPTS Marketing involves the distribution of products and services to the consumer. This event provides recognition for PBL members who possess knowledge of the basic principles of marketing. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. basic marketing including price, product, place, and promotion marketing concepts and strategies international marketing legal and social aspects marketing research e-marketing C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 18 P a g e

19 MICROECONOMICS This event provides recognition for PBL members who can identify, understand, and demonstrate knowledge about general microeconomic principles, theories, and concepts. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. production and trade opportunity cost supply and demand elasticity labor markets and wages production factors distribution of income and wealth perfect competition monopolies oligopolies and duopolies capital and natural resource markets market failure economic uncertainties C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 19 P a g e

20 NETWORKING CONCEPTS Acquiring a high level of familiarization and proficiency in working on and with networks is essential in today s connected workplace. This event provides recognition for PBL members who have an understanding of network technologies. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. general network terminology equipment for network access (firewall, DSU/CSU, T1, Wi-Fi, etc.) OSI model and functionality network topologies and connectivity network security specific network operating systems concepts C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 20 P a g e

21 PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE Dorothy Travis Award Earning a degree in a specific field is important to an individual s future success in the job market. This event recognizes PBL members who possess knowledge across the core curriculum in the area of marketing. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Through a partnership with the National Association of Parliamentarians, questions for the parliamentary procedure principles section of the exam will be drawn from National Association of Parliamentarian s official test bank. The case problem will be given to simulate a regular chapter meeting. The examination and performance criteria for this event will be based on Robert s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (Copyright 2000). ***Parliamentary Procedure will be a team event of 4-5 members at the national level. parliamentary procedure principles PBL Bylaws C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 21 P a g e

22 PROJECT MANAGEMENT The ability to prepare and submit an initial project plan that includes project selection, time and cost estimates, a project plan development, and management and closure of a project. This event provides recognition for PBL members who have an understanding of and skill in project management. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. effective project management project team management progress and performance measurement and evaluation project times and cost estimates project plan development risk management resource scheduling project audit and closure project selection project definition C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 22 P a g e

23 RETAIL MANAGEMENT This event recognizes PBL members who demonstrate knowledge of the functions of retail management and the changing environment that affects retailing. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. customer value retail planning retail environment identification of retail customers retailing information systems location finance merchandise buying and handling human resource management in retailing pricing customer service laws and ethics diversity and trends in retailing C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 23 P a g e

24 SPORTS MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING The sports industry is rapidly growing in this country and the world. For individuals to be successful and effective in this type of work, they must learn the management and marketing techniques necessary for future success. This event provides recognition for PBL members who possess the knowledge of the basic principles of sports management and marketing. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. law and sports application human resource management in sports facility management strategic marketing labor relations in professional sports ethics tort liability and risk management group decision making and problem solving sponsorships sports licensing economics of sports accounting and budgeting financing sports sports management history C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 24 P a g e

25 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS The ability to use statistical tools and concepts is an important business skill. This event provides recognition for PBL members who demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to apply common techniques and statistical analysis tools. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Financial calculators may be used. organizing and presenting of statistical data descriptive statistical analyses probability distributions sampling techniques linear regression confidence integrity hypothesis testing C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 25 P a g e

26 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Telecommunications is a rapidly growing field in the business world. This event provides recognition for PBL members who demonstrate knowledge of the field of telecommunications as it affects the conduct of business. A one (1) hour one objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Financial calculators may be used. coding, digitizing, and circuits voice communications telecommunication management history of telecommunications network security network management operating systems and communication methods current trends and developments such as e-commerce standards C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 26 P a g e

27 PRESENTATION EVENT OVERVIEW Each chapter may submit individuals or teams of 1-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year in each knowledge event. Each member can participate in two (2) performance events. Number of Conference Attendees Number of Eligible Teams The objective component, if applicable, will be conducted through the FBLA-PBL Online Testing Program. Passwords, login information and web address will be distributed to chapters upon receipt of competitive events rosters. Online testing will NOT be offered on-site. NO EXCEPTIONS. The online testing window will be available from March *The presentation component is not available for some events at the state level. The first, second, and third place winner in state competition will represent California at the National Leadership Conference. Members who have competed in events at the national level are not eligible to compete the following year at SBLC in those respective events unless otherwise stated C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 27 P a g e

28 ACCOUNTING ANALYSIS & DECISION MAKING Earning a degree in a specific field is important to an individual s future success in the job market. This event recognizes PBL members who possess knowledge across the core curriculum in the area of accounting. Chapters may submit teams of 1-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. This event consists of two parts: an objective test and a performance component. A one (1) hour objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Individuals or team members will take one objective test collaboratively. Financial calculators may be used. The case study is an interactive accounting role play situation. All questions raised in the case must be answered during the oral presentation. Performance Guidelines The top ten (10) individuals or teams with the highest scores on the objective test will advance to the final round. The objective test score will be used to break a tie. Twenty minutes before the performance, each individual or team will receive the case study. Two 4 x 6 note cards will be provided for each individual or team member and may be used during the preparation and performance of the event. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. The individual or team has seven minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present the solution to the case. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and refer to the case for specifics. This is a role-play event. The teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance. A timekeeper will stand at six minutes and again at seven minutes. auditing intermediate accounting I & II managerial and cost accounting tax advanced accounting Performance Competencies demonstrate good verbal communication skills answer questions effectively demonstrate ability to make a businesslike presentation demonstrate an understanding of the case and explain recommendations demonstrate good decision-making and problem-solving skills display self-confidence through knowledge of content and articulation of ideas demonstrate ability to work as a team REFERENCE: Accounting Analysis & Decision Making-Performance RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 28 P a g e

29 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION Learning to communicate in a manner that is clearly understood by the receiver of the message is a major task of all businesspeople. This event provides recognition for PBL members who demonstrate competencies in writing, speaking, and listening concepts. Chapters may submit individuals who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. This event consists of two (2) parts: an objective test and a production test. Participants are required to complete both parts to be eligible to win an award. A one (1) hour objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Nongraphing calculators may be used. Each participant must complete a writing exercise at SBLC. No reference materials may be used. Thirty (30) minutes will be allowed for this portion of the event. The objective test and writing sample each constitute 50 percent of the final event score. The objective test will be used to break a tie. mechanics of appropriate business English (e.g., grammar, punctuation) format and appropriateness of business messages (e.g., letters, reports, memos, ) format and style differences with international communications listening, oral, and nonverbal concepts REFERENCE: Business Communication Production RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 29 P a g e

30 BUSINESS DECISION MAKING This event recognizes PBL members who develop competency in management, decision making, and who demonstrate knowledge of these key principles. This event is based on team rather than individual competition. In addition to learning and applying business decision-making skills, team participants develop speaking ability and poise through oral presentations. Chapters may submit teams of 2-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. This event consists of two (2) parts: an objective test and a performance component. A one (1) hour objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Team members will take one objective test collaboratively. Nongraphing calculators may be used. An interactive case study will be given and consist of a problem encountered by management in one or more of the following areas: business planning, organizational design, economic environment, short-term and long-range planning, human resource management, financial management, and marketing management. All the questions raised in the case must be addressed during the oral presentation. Performance Guidelines The top ten (10) teams with the highest score on the objective test will advance to the final round. In the case of a tie, the objective test score will be used to break a tie. Twenty (20) minutes before the performance, each team will receive the case study. Two (2) 4 x 6 note cards will be provided for each team member and may be used during the preparation and performance of the event. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. The team has seven (7) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present the solution to the case. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and refer to the case for specifics. Participants should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. principles of business ownership and management (business planning, organizational design, economics, environment, leadership) business plans ethics and social responsibilities financial management government regulations human resource management legal issues marketing management taxation Performance Competencies answer questions effectively demonstrate ability to make a businesslike presentation demonstrate ability to work as a team demonstrate an understanding of the case and explain recommendations demonstrate good decision making and problem solving skills demonstrate good verbal communication skills display self-confidence through knowledge of content and articulation of ideas C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 30 P a g e

31 explain content logically and systematically REFERENCE: Business Decision Making Performance RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 31 P a g e

32 BUSINESS ETHICS Ethical decisions are essential in the business world and the workplace. Often, employees must make decisions that are not just about what is right or wrong, but rather clarifying vague choices. This event requires students to organize adequately and deliver a presentation effectively as a team. They should demonstrate critical thinking skills through the careful analysis of the various ethical dimensions that are present in their case study. The case studies are based on real-life situations. Chapters may submit teams of 2-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. Participants are expected to research a real case prior to the conference and be prepared to present their findings and solutions at the SBLC. The content of the presentation must include good oral communication skills, group collaboration, and critical thinking and analysis. In addition, students will thoroughly research and present their findings National Leadership Case Study The 2012 case study topic is Ethics and Financial Institutions and must identify ethical dilemmas from a business perspective. Students may choose any real case related to this topic, and the presentation must include one or more of the following aspects: the relationship between the employee and the employer the relationship between the business and the customer the relationship between the business and the economy Participants will be expected to answer judges questions on their presentations. This case will be used for competition at the state level. Guidelines Participants are expected to research a real case prior to the conference and be prepared to present their findings and solutions. Student members, not advisers, must prepare the presentation. Facts and working data may be secured from any source. One (1) member should introduce the team and describe the ethical situation. All team members must participate in the presentation. Submit six (6) copies of a written synopsis on the case selected, not longer than 500 words. All copies must be submitted in six (6) standard file folders and the folder tab labeled with the participant s name, state, school, and event title. This information must received by March 19, Mail materials to: California PBL ATTN: Danielle Tuason PO Box 2629 Long Beach, CA Teams will be permitted to bring prepared notes. Books, other bound materials, and props are not allowed. Equipment may not be used. Performance The team has seven (7) minutes to present. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. When the presentation is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any time over seven (7) minutes. Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three (3) minute question-answer period. All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 32 P a g e

33 Performance Competencies make ethical business decisions in the business world and workplace answer questions effectively demonstrate ability t o work as a team demonstrate an understanding of the case and explain recommendations demonstrate good decision making and problem solving skills demonstrate good verbal communication skills explain content logically and systematically REFERENCE: Business Ethics Performance RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 33 P a g e

34 BUSINESS PRESENTATION Using technology to support a presentation can significantly enhance a business leader s effectiveness. This event provides recognition for PBL members who demonstrate the ability to deliver an effective business presentation while using presentation technology. Chapters may submit teams of 1-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. This event consists of a presentation given at the NLC National Topic The topic to be developed in this presentation and used for competition at the 2012 NLC will be: You are presenting to a group of graduating college students who will be interviewing for full-time positions. Create a presentation explaining current trends in how employers recruit and select new employees. Cover various interview formats as well as common interview questions. This topic also will be used for competitions at the state level. The presentation will be developed prior to SBLC and will be used when giving the business presentation. Copyright and Fair Use Information It is the policy of FBLA-PBL to comply with state and federal copyright laws. Refer to the Format Guide. Performance Guidelines Student members, not advisers, must prepare presentations. The participants must use a presentation software program as an aid in delivering the business presentation. The individual or team must provide the computer for the presentation. The individual or team must perform all aspects of the presentation (e.g., speaking, setup, operating equipment). Other members of the chapter may not provide assistance. Five minutes (5) will be allowed to set up and remove equipment or presentation items. The individual or team has seven (7) minutes to deliver the presentation. All team members must actively participate in the presentation. Visual aids and samples related to the project may be used in the presentation; however, no items may be left with the judges or audience. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. When the presentation is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any presentation over seven (7) minutes. Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three (3) minute question-answer period. Performance Competencies answer questions effectively demonstrate ability to make a businesslike presentation demonstrate good verbal communication skills describe project development and implementation explain content logically and systematically REFERENCE: Business Presentation Performance RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 34 P a g e

35 CLIENT SERVICE This event provides members with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in interacting with internal and external clients to provide an outstanding client service experience. The client service consultant engages clients in conversations regarding products, handles inquiries, problem solving, and uncovers opportunities for additional assistance. Participants develop speaking ability and poise through presentation as well as critical thinking skills. Chapters may submit individual who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. This event consists of an individual interactive simulation related to client service. Performance Guidelines Ten (10) minutes before the performance, each participant will receive the scenario. Two (2) 4 x 6 note cards will be provided for each participant and may be used during the preparation and performance of the case. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. The participant has five (5) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and demonstrate how he/she would solve the problem. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and will refer to the case for specifics. This is a role-play event. A timekeeper will stand at four (4) minutes and again at five (5) minutes. Performance Competencies answer questions effectively demonstrate ability to make a businesslike presentation demonstrate good verbal communication skills provide ways for clients to solve their problem translate case into effective, efficient, and spontaneous action REFERENCE: Client Service Performance RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 35 P a g e

36 COMPUTER GAME & STIMULATION PROGRAMMING Interactive computer games and simulations have achieved broad acceptance and implementation in a wide variety of business and educational disciplines. Buried within many of these programs is a message that advances the player s experience from simple entertainment to edutainment. This event tests the programmer s skill in designing a functional interactive simulation/game that will both entertain and educate/inform the player. Chapters may submit teams of 1-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. Participants must create a program that must address the topic given. *There is no performance component at SBLC National Topic The topic to be developed in this presentation and used for competition at the 2012 NLC will be: Develop an entertaining simulation/game that will incorporate training or skill development for financial literacy. Genre and format of game is open to imagination and innovation of the design team. Quiz show, RPG, shopping, and more are all acceptable. Gear the game to elementary school students. This topic will be used for competitions at the state level. Program The participant may choose any programming language or game/ animation engine to create a stand alone executable program that will display creativity, programming skill, and convey the message of the topic. The program must contain minimally the following: Minimum of five missions/tasks/levels to be completed before winning or completing the game. Must be graphical in nature, not text based. An initial title page with the game title, user interface control instructions, and active buttons for Play and Quit. A quit command programmed to the escape key. This is needed if the player wants to end the game before completing. Two (2) DVDs or USB flash drives containing the executable object, data, or support files needed to run the executable file, and files showing the programming code (can be text or flowchart files that can be opened using Microsoft Office 2007), along with a Statement of Assurance must be received by March 19, Label the media using a marker with the school, participant name, state, and event. Mail materials to: California PBL ATTN: Danielle Tuason PO Box 2629 Long Beach, CA All data and programs should be contained in a master folder named STATE_ SCHOOL where your state and school are listed in that folder name format. Outside of the master folder, create a shortcut to the executable file. If the program requires a runtime player, create a shortcut outside the master folder to launch the runtime player installer. Program must run on a Windows XP or higher computer. Data must be free of viruses/malware. Any entry with contaminated data will not be judged. Program produced for this event must be prepared by the participants without help. Project Competencies program addresses the topic and is appropriate for the audience required information is effectively communicated user interface is intuitive and responsive to program operations navigation is logical and designed to lead the player to the intended objective program demonstrates a finished and well tuned product free of artifacts and glitches gameplay incorporates both entertainment and edutainment play within topic specifications C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 36 P a g e

37 game world graphics, text treatment, and special effects show creativity and cohesiveness of design artistry, character, overall layout, color choice, and design is creative and appealing to the target audience program contains some element of skill, chance, competition, or random actions that will inspire replay more than once player interactions with other characters, objects, obstacles, and iconic graphics are appropriate t o the topic and create a feeling of immersion within the game world storyline is sufficient to engage player and communicate a clear thought process and an intended, planned direction with formulation and execution of a firm idea player tasks are non-trivial and receive appropriate rewards copyright laws are followed Computer Game & Simulation Programming Production RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 37 P a g e

38 DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION Digital video has become a prominent and effective way of conveying new ideas and products. This event provides recognition for PBL members who demonstrate the ability to create an effective video to present an idea to a specific audience. Chapters may submit teams of 1-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. Participants must create a program that must address the topic given. *There is no performance component at SBLC National Topic The topic to be developed in this presentation and used for competition at the 2012 NLC will be: Prepare a video to encourage business/industry to financially sponsor PBL members to attend conferences and leadership activities. This topic will be used for competitions at the state level. Copyright and Fair Use Information. It is the policy of FBLA-PBL to comply with state and federal copyright laws. Refer to the Format Guide. Project Guidelines Presentations must address the given topic. Student members, not advisers, must prepare presentations. Presentations should be at least two (2) and no more than four (4) minutes in length. The production may use any method to capture or create moving images. Documentation must indicate that the music is royalty free. Submit two (2) DVDs or USB flash drives to along with a Statement of Assurance form. Media should be clearly labeled with the name of the event, state, school, and participants name. Materials must be received by March 19, Mail materials to: California PBL ATTN: Danielle Tuason PO Box 2629 Long Beach, CA Members are expected to follow all applicable copyright laws. REFERENCE: Digital Video Production Production RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 38 P a g e

39 ECONOMIC ANALYSIS & DECISION MAKING Earning a degree in a specific field is important to an individual s future success in the job market. This event recognizes PBL members who possess knowledge across the core curriculum in the area of economics. Chapters may submit teams of 1-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. This event consists of two (2) parts: an objective test and a performance component. A one hour objective test will be administered prior to SBLC based on the competencies listed. Individuals or team members will take one objective test collaboratively. Nongraphing calculators may be used. The case study is an interactive role play situation. Performance Guidelines The top ten (10) individuals or teams with the highest score on the objective test will advance to the final round. The objective test score will be used to break a tie. Twenty (20) minutes before the performance, each team will receive the case study. Two (2) 4 x 6 note cards will be provided for each individual or team member and may be used during the preparation and performance of the event. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected following the presentation. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. The individual or team has seven (7) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present the solution to the case. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and refer to the case for specifics. This is a role-play event. The teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance. A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. microeconomics macroeconomics comparative economic systems international trade labor economics Performance Competencies demonstrate good verbal communication skills answer questions effectively demonstrate ability to make a businesslike presentation demonstrate an understanding of the case and explain recommendations demonstrate good decision making and problem solving skills explain content logically and systematically display self-confidence through knowledge of content and articulation of ideas demonstrate ability to work as a team REFERENCE: Economic Analysis & Decision Making Performance RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 39 P a g e

40 EMERGING BUSINESS ISSUES This event provides PBL members with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in researching and presenting an emerging business issue. The event is based on team rather than individual participation. In addition to learning research skills, team participants develop speaking ability and poise through oral presentations. Chapters may submit teams of 2-3 participants who are members from active local chapters, on record in the national center as having paid membership dues by SBLC of the current school year. No more than one team member may have entered this event at a prior NLC. This event consists of a presentation for the topic listed taking the affirmative or negative argument National Topic The topic to be developed in this presentation submitted for competition at the 2012 NLC will be: Marketers are always looking for better ways to gather information about target markets and increase product sales. With the rise of social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, marketers are able to use a new form of behavioral targeting a kind of conversational eavesdropping analysis. The issue has been raised that these techniques invade privacy. Be prepared to argue the affirmative, that yes, marketers should be able to collect information via Facebook and LinkedIn; or be prepared to argue the negative, that no, using information collected from personal posts on Facebook and LinkedIn is an invasion of privacy. Participants will be expected to research the topic prior to conference and be prepared the present either an affirmative or negative argument. This topic will be used for competitions at the state level. Performance Guidelines Each team s presentation must be the result of its own independent work. Facts and working data may be secured from any source. The student members, not advisers, must prepare presentations. All members of the team must participate in the advance research of the topic and in the actual presentation. Team members will draw to determine whether they will present an affirmative or negative argument. Teams will then have five (5) minutes to finalize their preparations. Teams will be permitted to bring prepared notes to the preparation and presentation areas. In addition, two (2) 4 x 6 blank note cards also will be provided for each team member and may be used during the preparation and performance of the presentation. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will not be collected. No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the preparation or performance. Teams will have five (5) minutes to present the case. All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance. Teams should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case. A timekeeper will stand at four (4) minutes and again at five (5) minutes. When the presentation is finished, the time used will be recorded, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any presentation over five (5) minutes. Following each presentation, judges will conduct a three (3) minute question-answer period. Performance Competencies answer questions effectively arguments are persuasive and relevant t topic demonstrate ability to make a businesslike presentation demonstrate ability to work as a team demonstrate good decision making and problem solving skills demonstrate good verbal communication skills describe project development and implementation explain content logically and systematically REFERENCE: Emerging Business Issues Performance RATING SHEET C a l i f o r n i a A w a r d s P r o g r a m 40 P a g e

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