Welcome to my brand new, 100% online version of Business and Society (Business 21). I have endeavored to create a course that is interesting to take and easy to complete. This is a 5 unit course, so you will be expected to spend about 4-7 hours a week taking this course.
You will take this class in Catalyst
. Information for first time users of Catalyst, including instructions for determining your user i.d. and initial password, can be found at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
In the course website, you will find that the required work is divided into 11 weekly "topics," each of which corresponds to one of the 11 chapters in your textbook, plus a 12th and 13th topic for the midterm and final examination, respectively. You must buy and read the assigned pages in the course textbook in order to be successful in this class. The textbook is Selected Materials from Business, Government, and Society: A Managerial Perspective, Text and Cases
, 13th edition, by Steiner and Steiner, a custom textbook
from McGraw-Hill/Irwin. The textbook can be purchased at the De Anza College bookstore or Aida's University Book Exchange, also known as Premier Textbooks. Premier textbooks' website is http://www.premiertextbooks.com/
and the De Anza College bookstore's website is http://books.deanza.edu/home.aspx
. I recommend you get started on the required activities in Chapter 1 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
To avoid being dropped from this class for inadequate attendance in the first 5 weeks, you must earn at least 300 points in the class by Sunday, May 12, 2013.
The last day to drop this class is Friday, May 31. Be sure to drop yourself in the MyPortal System by this date if you do not want to continue in the class. Late drops will not be accepted.
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
The url for the Catalyst system is http://catalyst.deanza.edu
. The only way to gain access to the course website is to be registered in the course
in the MyPortal
system. If you are registered in the course before the quarter begins, you will be able to access the course website beginning sometime Monday, April 8, 2013. If you obtain an add code from me and use it to add yourself to the course in the MyPortal system, you will be able to access the course website a few hours after
you add the course in the MyPortal system. On April 8, or as soon as possible thereafter, you should begin your course by logging into the course website for the first time and watching the three videos located in Topic 1, "Welcome to Business and Society at De Anza College." Here is a video that will walk you through how to do that: http://www.screencast.com/t/huRhmvpI
To begin the video in the new window, you must click the "Play" button. The play button is not labeled, but it is large and distinctive looking. It is a right-facing triangle surrounded by a circle. Once your video starts, you should hear me talking. If you don't, turn on your speakers or plug in headphones.
You can make the video about 20% larger by clicking the "full size" button. I have attached a picture of that button to this email also.
You should watch the video today, and do what it says either this Monday or as soon as possible thereafter. This video was recorded for my Fall 2012 students, but it is still accurate for you guys with the following minor corrections:
1. The course website will not be available "tomorrow" and it will not be available "September 24th." It will be available Monday, April 8, 2013. The official prediction of the distance learning department is that it will be available starting at noon on Monday, but it could be available a few hours earlier than that.
2. The course you're looking for on the left side of the screen is not BUS 21 - Lilly, 12F, it is BUS 21 - Lilly, 13S.
3. The course number that will show in the "breadcrumbs" at the top of the screen once you get into the course will not be 12F_00308, it will be 13S_00282.