Project 2: The Stock Market
Students in the Canadian Economics/Enterprise courses will use the Internet to investigate companies whose shares are traded on the Canadian stock exchanges (TSE, VSE, MSE, ASE). This research will lead students to investigate decisions for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. Students will also use various Internet sites to monitor price changes for their holdings and use that information to place buy and sell orders. A team of students will compete in one of the national stock market competitions offered by various Canadian universities.
Economics/Entrepreneur students will become more aware of the corporate world and the forces which act upon it. The projects will also increase students awareness of the potential for financial gains and losses presented through investing in the stock market.
Students will become familiar with using the Internet as a research resource. They will also make use of software (Microsoft Excel, Quicken) to record and monitor investment progress. Written and verbal reports will reach across the curriculum to exercise skills in the language arts. Students will grow to understand the terminology of the stock market, and will be able to discuss the different types of stocks and mutual funds.
Stock market projects of past years have had to rely on newspapers to follow the stock market. However, this meant relying on "stale" information in that the reports were days old at best, and local papers gave only limited stock market listings. With the Internet connection, our students will be able to access up-to-date and complete information from several Web sites, many of which now offer free quotes and charts within fifteen minutes of actual stock market activity. We will also be inviting local financial advisors and investment counselors to participate in this project, whereby drawing on the expertise of those directly involved in the stock market.
Students will be evaluated on their presentations to the class and on written reports of their research from the Internet and local resources. They will present the results of their investment decisions using the presentation features of various software - e.g. MS-Excel, Quicken, and MS-Power Point.